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BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM

KFAI

Our collective champion returns to the winner's circle because, well, it blows the competition away. KBEM plays some great music (and some crap), as does the redoubtable Leigh Kamman on MPR's The Jazz Image, but both tend to neglect jazz with even the slightest connection to the avant-garde (by which we mean nearly any avant-garde of the past 40 years or so). Fresh Air Radio's nighttime foursome covers the bases from swinging and bluesy to free and spacey, from Cannonball Adderley to John Zorn (and they really play both!). On Monday's One Final Note, Scott Hreha plays cerebral modern jazz and improvised music, focusing on new releases from independent labels. Proof of the form's vibrancy is presented weekly. There's roots-music polymath Larry Englund with the swinging and bopping Rhythm and Grooves, on which a robust tenor sax or bluesy vamp is always close at hand. There's Emel Sherzad's International Jazz Conspiracy, emphasizing the avant-garde and offering interviews with local artists and in-depth previews of upcoming concerts. And there's Janis Lane-Ewart's The Collective Eye, which ranges from straight-ahead to far-out and excels at showcasing vocalists. All the hosts are knowledgeable and passionate, yet willing to let the music do most of the talking.

BEST ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Atmosphere

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE The Garage

BEST ART CINEMA Oak Street Cinema

BEST ART GALLERY Outsiders and Others

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BEST BAND TO BREAK UP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Midnight Evils

BEST BLUES BAND Butanes

BEST BLUES BAR Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues

BEST BOOK The Painted Drum

BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER Roseville 4

BEST COMEDY Shut Your American Pie-Hole

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Brother and Sister Summer Camp

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING) The Go! Team

BEST CONCERT VENUE Walker Performing Arts Center

BEST DANCE CLUB Level

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Jazzdance

BEST DVD RENTAL Cinema Revolution

BEST FESTIVAL MayDay Parade and Festival

BEST FILM Hansel and Gretel

BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM KFAI The Session

BEST INDEPENDENT THEATER

BEST JAZZ CLUB Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST JUKEBOX Triple Rock Social Club

BEST KARAOKE Grumpy's Bar & Grill

BEST LITERARY PERIODICAL Rain Taxi

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Friends with Benefits

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL Modern Radio

BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST MUSEUM Walker Art Center

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBIT Minnesota History Center

BEST NATIONAL TV COMMERCIAL WITH A LOCAL SOUNDTRACK

BEST NEW BAND Ass

BEST OLD BAND Salamander

BEST OPEN-MIC FOR COMEDY Acme Comedy Co.

BEST OPEN-MIC NIGHT Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge

BEST PIANO TUNERS Gagnon Piano Service

BEST PLACE TO RENT FOREIGN FILMS Intercontinental

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS Loring Park

BEST PUB QUIZ Brit's Pub

BEST PUBLIC ART Local Strategy

BEST PUBLIC-ACCESS CABLE TV SHOW Mikenastics

BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT The Rhythm Lab

BEST RADIO STATION ABOUT NOTHING FM 107.1

BEST ROCK BAND Sicbay

BEST ROCK CLUB Turf Club

BEST SALSA NIGHT El Nuevo Rodeo

BEST SECRET JAZZ RESOURCE onefinalnote.com

BEST SINGLE-ARTIST SHOW Theatre of the World

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION Live Action Set

BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA Pillsbury House Theatre

BEST TREND IN LOCAL RADIO

BEST TV STATION KTCA