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2019 Expanded Critics’ Poll Results

JazzTimes’ critics pick their favorite artists, festivals, venues, and more from the year just past

Crosscurrents Trio
Best Acoustic Small Group/Artist: Crosscurrents Trio (photo courtesy of Edition Records)

For this annual companion poll to last issue’s Top 50 Critics’ Picks, our regular contributors participated in this survey based on our yearly readers’ poll. Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of votes. Contributors were asked to focus on artists’ achievements during 2019 rather than assessing entire careers. An asterisk * denotes a tie.


Artist of the Year
Terri Lyne Carrington
Branford Marsalis
Joe Lovano
Kris Davis

New Artist
Angel Bat Dawid
Joel Ross
Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science*
Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game*
Chris Lightcap’s SuperBigmouth

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Acoustic Small Group/Artist
Crosscurrents Trio (Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter)
The Bad Plus
Fred Hersch Trio
Sons of Kemet


Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Snarky Puppy
Bill Frisell
Kamasi Washington

Big Band/Large Ensemble
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Miho Hazama and m_unit
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Anat Cohen Tentet

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