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2019 Readers’ Poll Results

Voting conducted via an online survey posted on our website

Gregory Porter
Best Male Vocalist: Gregory Porter (photo: Erik Umphery)

BEST MUSICIANS

Trumpeter
Randy Brecker
Wynton Marsalis
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Arturo Sandoval

Trombonist
Nils Landgren
Trombone Shorty
Curtis Fuller
Steve Turre

Clarinetist
Paquito D’Rivera
Eddie Daniels
Michael White
Jeff Lederer

Tenor Saxophonist
Wayne Shorter
Chris Potter
Charles Lloyd
Kamasi Washington

Alto Saxophonist
Kenny Garrett
David Sanborn
Steve Coleman
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Soprano Saxophonist
Wayne Shorter
Branford Marsalis
Chris Potter
Dave Liebman

Baritone Saxophonist
John Surman
James Carter
Brian Landrus
Gary Smulyan

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Flutist
Hubert Laws
Charles Lloyd
Nicole Mitchell
Holly Hofmann

Violinist
Jean-Luc Ponty
Zach Brock
Regina Carter
Mark Feldman

Pianist
Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea
Brad Mehldau
Hiromi

Keyboardist
Scott Kinsey
Herbie Hancock
Cory Henry
Jeff Lorber

Organist
Larry Goldings
Joey DeFrancesco
John Medeski
Cory Henry

Guitarist
Scott Henderson
Oz Noy
Julian Lage
John Scofield 

Acoustic Bassist
John Patitucci
Christian McBride
Ron Carter
Stanley Clarke 

Electric Bassist
Hadrien Feraud
Anthony Jackson
Jimmy Haslip
Jeff Berlin 

Vibraphonist
Roy Ayers
Mike Mainieri
Joe Locke
Mike Dillon

Percussionist
Trilok Gurtu
Pedrito Martinez
Manolo Badrena
Ray Mantilla

Drummer
Vinnie Colaiuta
Steve Gadd
Antonio Sánchez
Dave Weckl

Male Vocalist
Gregory Porter
Jacob Collier
George Benson
Kurt Elling

Female Vocalist
Esperanza Spalding
Cassandra Wilson
Diana Krall
Lizz Wright

Composer
Wayne Shorter
Pat Metheny
Esperanza Spalding
Scott Henderson

Arranger
Chick Corea
Vince Mendoza
Pat Metheny
Michael League

Misc. Instrumentalist
Béla Fleck (banjo)
Andy Narell (steel drums)
Othello Molineaux (steel drums)
Grégoire Maret (harmonica)

Vocal Group
Take 6
Manhattan Transfer
New York Voices
Tillery

See the results of our 2019 critics’ poll.

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