Recognize that last name? Yup, Charlie is son of Scott, and a guitar wizard in his own right. His debut album Green brought Ballantine to stages all over Indy (great news for us, as he was based out of Bloomington while studying jazz studies at the Jacobs School for many years), perhaps most frequently as with the Charlie Ballantine Trio. He cites influences like Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell – all great jazz guitar influences for an up-and-coming jazz guitarist, who takes top honors this year as your favorite local jazz performer (no small potatoes in a jazz town like ours!).
2nd: Jared Thompson and Premium Blend
3rd: Jeff DeHerdt