January/February 2011

2010 Readers’ Poll

JT's readers pick their favorte artists, releases and more in annual poll

Voting conducted at JazzTimes.com. First place winners in bold, honorable mentions are unbolded and listed in order of number of votes.

Best of All

Artist of the Year
Chick Corea
Charles Lloyd
Herbie Hancock
Jason Moran

New Artist
Esperanza Spalding
José James
Sarah Manning
Grace Kelly

Chick Corea at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
By Ben Johnson

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New Release
Charles Lloyd Quartet Mirror (ECM)
Pat Metheny Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green Apex (Pi)
Brad Mehldau Highway Rider (Nonesuch)

Miles Davis Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector’s
(Sony Legacy)

Various Artists CTI Records: The Cool Revolution (Sony Masterworks Jazz)
Henry Threadgill The Complete Novus/Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic)
Ahmad Jamal The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions (Mosaic)

Best Groups

Acoustic Group
Chick Corea Freedom Band
Charles Lloyd Quartet
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette
The Bad Plus

Contemporary/Electric Group
Marcus Miller
Bill Frisell
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Large Ensemble
Mingus Big Band
Maria Schneider Orchestra
SFJAZZ Collective
Dave Holland Big Band

Vocal Group
The Manhattan Transfer
Take 6
Four Freshmen
New York Voices

Blues Artist
Buddy Guy
B.B. King
Taj Mahal
The Holmes Brothers

Best of Industry

Record Label
Mack Avenue
Blue Note

CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Detroit International Jazz Festival

Village Vanguard
Jazz Standard

Best of Media

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D. G. Kelley (Free Press)
At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene by Nat Hentoff (University of California Press)
Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews Edited by Chris DeVito (Chicago Review Press)
I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath by Jimmy Heath (Temple University Press)

Film/Video/TV Series
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense (documentary DVD, Paradigm Studio)
Treme (TV series, HBO)
The Jazz Baroness (documentary, HBO)

Syndicated Radio Program
Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz (NPR)
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater (NPR)
Jazz with Bob Parlocha (WFMT Chicago)
Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired (Sirius/XM/NPR)

Best Musicians

Wynton Marsalis
Roy Hargrove
Terence Blanchard
Dave Douglas

Steve Turre
Robin Eubanks
Wycliffe Gordon
Conrad Herwig

Anat Cohen
Paquito D’Rivera
Ken Peplowski
Don Byron

Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Rollins
Joe Lovano
Wayne Shorter
Branford Marsalis

Alto Saxophone
Kenny Garrett
Phil Woods
Bunky Green
Lee Konitz

Soprano Saxophone
Wayne Shorter
Branford Marsalis
Dave Liebman
Jane Bunnett

Baritone Saxophone
Gary Smulyan
James Carter
Ronnie Cuber
Claire Daly

Hubert Laws
Dave Valentin
James Moody
Nicole Mitchell

Regina Carter
John Blake Jr.
Jean-Luc Ponty
Billy Bang

Keith Jarrett
Chick Corea
Herbie Hancock
Brad Mehldau

Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea
Uri Caine
Craig Taborn

Joey DeFrancesco
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Larry Goldings
Sam Yahel

Pat Metheny
John Scofield
John McLaughlin
Kurt Rosenwinkel

Acoustic Bass
Christian McBride
Dave Holland
Charlie Haden
Ron Carter

Electric Bass
Marcus Miller
Stanley Clarke
Jimmy Haslip
Steve Swallow

Bobby Hutcherson
Gary Burton
Stefon Harris
Steve Nelson

Jack DeJohnette
Roy Haynes
Matt Wilson
Brian Blade

Poncho Sanchez
Airto Moreira
Giovanni Hidalgo
Naná Vasconcelos

Male Vocalist
Kurt Elling
Bobby McFerrin
Jamie Cullum
Al Jarreau

Female Vocalist
Dianne Reeves
Cassandra Wilson
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Gretchen Parlato

Miscellaneous Instruments [3 Winners]
Béla Fleck (banjo)
Toots Thielemans (harmonica)
Howard Levy (harmonica)

Maria Schneider
John Clayton
Gerald Wilson
Marcus Miller

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