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JazzTimes 2017 Readers’ Poll Results

Magazine readers pick their favorite artists, groups, albums, venues, festivals, radio shows and podcasts of 2017

Vijay Iyer - JazzTimes Readers and Critics Poll choice for Artist of the year (photo by Clynne Harty c/o ECM Records)
Vijay Iyer (photo: Clynne Harty c/o ECM Records)

The voting was conducted via an online survey posted at

Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of number of votes. When casting their ballots at, readers were asked to focus on artists’ achievements occurring between November 2016 and early December 2017.

Best of All

New Artist
Cory Henry
Jazzmeia Horn
Leslie Odom Jr.
Sullivan Fortner

Artist of the Year
Vijay Iyer
Christian McBride
Kamasi Washington
Esperanza Spalding

Best Groups

Acoustic Small Group/Artist
Chick Corea
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Brad Mehldau Trio
Bill Charlap Trio

Best Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist
Snarky Puppy
Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield)
John McLaughlin & the Fourth Dimension
The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band

Christian McBride (photo by Anna Webber)
Christian McBride (photo by Anna Webber)

Best Big Band/Large Ensemble
Christian McBride Big Band
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
John Beasley’s MONK’estra
Maria Schneider Orchestra

Best of the Industry

Record Label
Blue Note
Mack Avenue
Abstract Logix

New Release
Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield) Hudson (Motéma)
Vijay Iyer Sextet Far From Over (ECM)
Blue Note All-Stars Our Point of View (Blue Note)
Chick Corea The Musician (Stretch/Concord)

Historical/Vault/Reissue Release
Jaco Pastorius Truth, Liberty & Soul (Resonance)
Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Craft)
Bill Evans Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (Resonance)
Thelonious Monk Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Sam/Saga)

Vocal Release
Cécile McLorin Salvant Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)
Gregory Porter  Nat “King” Cole & Me (Blue Note)
Diana Krall Turn Up the Quiet (Verve)
Eliane Elias Dance of Time (Concord Jazz)

Syndicated Radio Program
Jazz Night in America
Radio Deluxe With John Pizzarelli
Jazz After Hours With Jeff Hanley
Jazz Inspired With Judy Carmichael

Straight No Chaser
JazzTimes Spins & Riffs
Jazz Bastard
The Checkout

Newport Jazz Festival
North Sea Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival
Montreux Jazz Festival

Chasing Trane
I Called Him Morgan
Bill Evans: Time Remembered
Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra by Dave Lisik and Eric Allen
Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975-1984 by Mervyn Cooke
Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz by Fred Hersch
Duke Ellington Studies by John Howland (Editor)

Village Vanguard

Blue Note (NYC)
Jazz Standard

Best Musicians

Roy Hargrove
Wynton Marsalis
Ambrose Akinmusire
Randy Brecker

Trombone Shorty (photo by Mathieu Bitton)
Trombone Shorty (photo by Mathieu Bitton)

Trombone Shorty

Steve Turre
Wycliffe Gordon
Robin Eubanks

Anat Cohen
Paquito D’Rivera
Don Byron
Eddie Daniels

Tenor Saxophonist
Chris Potter
Wayne Shorter
Kamasi Washington
Joshua Redman

Alto Saxophonist
Kenny Garrett
Miguel Zenón
David Sanborn
Lee Konitz

Soprano Saxophonist
Wayne Shorter
Branford Marsalis
Chris Potter
Dave Liebman

Baritone Saxophonist
Gary Smulyan
James Carter
Ronnie Cuber
John Surman

Hubert Laws
Charles Lloyd
Nicole Mitchell
Bennie Maupin

Regina Carter (photo by Steve Mundinger c/o the Monk Institute)
Regina Carter (photo by Steve Mundinger c/o the Monk Institute)

Regina Carter
Jean-Luc Ponty
Mark Feldman
Jenny Scheinman

Chick Corea
Herbie Hancock
Brad Mehldau
Kenny Barron

Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea
Scott Kinsey
Robert Glasper

Joey DeFrancesco
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Larry Goldings
Cory Henry

Pat Metheny
Bill Frisell
John McLaughlin
George Benson

Double Bassist
Christian McBride
Ron Carter
Esperanza Spalding
Dave Holland

Electric Bassist
Stanley Clarke
Marcus Miller
Victor Wooten
Esperanza Spalding

Gary Burton
Warren Wolf
Stefon Harris
Joe Locke

Poncho Sanchez
Zakir Hussain
Pedrito Martinez
Trilok Gurtu

Brian Blade
Jack DeJohnette
Vinnie Colaiuta
Steve Gadd

Vocalist (Male)
Gregory Porter
Kurt Elling
Tony Bennett
Bobby McFerrin

Cécile McLorin Salvant in performance at Newport Jazz Festival (photo by Marek Lazarski)
Cécile McLorin Salvant in performance at Newport Jazz Festival (photo by Marek Lazarski)

Vocalist (Female)
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Esperanza Spalding
Diana Krall
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Chick Corea
Pat Metheny
Maria Schneider
Wayne Shorter

John Beasley

Maria Schneider
Christian McBride
Chick Corea

Misc. Instrumentalist
Béla Fleck (banjo)
Edmar Castañeda (harp)
Richard Galliano (accordion)
Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica)

Vocal Group
Take 6
The Manhattan Transfer
New York Voices

Check out the JazzTimes Readers’ Poll for the best of 2016. Originally Published