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Ahmad Jamal Album Tops in Jazz Radio Airplay in 2010

Jazz pianist’s A Quiet Time was spun 3,742 times by jazz radio stations during the past year

Ahmad Jamal at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010

JazzWeek has recently released its Top 100 for 2010, its annual survey of 98 jazz radio stations in the U.S.. At the top of the chart is Ahmad Jamal, whose A Quiet Time on Dreyfus received 3,742 spins from radio stations during the year. Trombone Shorty’s Backatown on Verve Forecast was number two with 3,550 spins. Rounding out the top five were albums from John Pizzarelli, Tia Fuller and Mike LeDonne.

Ed Trefzger, editor and publisher of JazzWeek, says that the airplay is tracked by an ASCAP subsidiary Mediaguide. Using radio receivers to feed audio into software housed in computer hardware in each of over 125 markets in the U.S., Mediaguide matches broadcast audio to a database of “fingerprints” of songs to automatically record airplay.

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