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2019 Readers’ Poll Results

Voting conducted via an online survey posted on our website

Wynton Marsalis
Artist of the Year: Wynton Marsalis (photo: Piper Ferguson)

Voting for the 2019 JazzTimes Readers’ Poll was conducted via an online survey at Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of number of votes (an asterisk * denotes a tie). When casting their ballots, readers were asked to focus on artists’ achievements occurring between January and December 2019.


Artist of the Year
Wynton Marsalis
Chick Corea
Esperanza Spalding
Steve Gadd

New Artist
Veronica Swift
Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
Joel Ross
Pasquale Grasso

New Release
Scott Robinson Tenormore (Arbors)
Peter Eldridge/Kenny Werner Somewhere (Rosebud)
Veronica Swift Confessions (Mack Avenue)
Douyé Quatro (Bossa Nova Deluxe) (Rhombus)

Vocal Release
Veronica Swift Confessions (Mack Avenue)
Catherine Russell Alone Together (Dot Time)
New York Voices Reminiscing in Tempo (Origin)
Harry Connick Jr. True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter (Verve)

Historical/Vault/Reissue Release
John Coltrane 1963: New Directions (Impulse!)
John Coltrane Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings (Craft)
Miles Davis The Complete Birth of the Cool (UMe)
Wes Montgomery Back on Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings (Resonance)*
Esbjörn Svensson Trio E.S.T. Live in Gothenburg (ACT)*



Acoustic Small Group/Artist
Chick Corea
Robert Glasper
Joey Alexander Trio
John Pizzarelli

Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist
Scott Henderson
Snarky Puppy
John Scofield

Big Band/Large Ensemble
Christian McBride Big Band
WDR Big Band
Gil Evans Orchestra
Bob Mintzer Big Band

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