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2020 Expanded Critics’ Poll Results

JazzTimes’ critics pick their favorite artists, books, documentaries, and more from the year just past

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Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong by Ricky Riccardi: Best Book

BEST OF THE INDUSTRY

Record Label
Blue Note
ECM
Resonance
Sunnyside*
Mack Avenue*

Syndicated Radio Program
Jazz Night in America
Jazz Inspired with Judy Carmichael
Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey
Jazz After Hours with Jeff Hanley

Podcast
The Checkout
Straight No Chaser
A Noise from the Deep
We Insist! Jazz Speaks Out

Documentary
Billie
Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity
Ella: Just One of Those Things
Herb Alpert Is…

Book
Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong by Ricky Riccardi
Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark
Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit by Matt Brennan*
Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s by Jeff Gold*
Play the Way You Feel: The Essential Guide to Jazz Stories on Film by Kevin Whitehead