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2020 Expanded Critics’ Poll Results

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

Brandee Younger
Brandee Younger: Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (photo: Erin Patrice O’Brien)

Pianist
Craig Taborn
Fred Hersch
Ethan Iverson
Brad Mehldau

Keyboardist
Craig Taborn
John Medeski
Jason Lindner
Herbie Hancock

Organist
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Joey DeFrancesco
Gary Versace
John Medeski

Guitarist
Bill Frisell
Mary Halvorson
John Scofield
Pat Metheny

Acoustic Bassist
Christian McBride
Linda May Han Oh
John Patitucci
Eric Revis

Electric Bassist
Steve Swallow
Thundercat
Melvin Gibbs
Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Vibraphonist
Joel Ross
Stefon Harris
Warren Wolf
Chris Dingman

Percussionist
Adam Rudolph
Pedrito Martinez
Zakir Hussain
Tyshawn Sorey

Drummer
Brian Blade
Bill Stewart
Vinnie Colaiuta
Gerald Cleaver*
Joey Baron*

Male Vocalist
Gregory Porter
Kurt Elling
Theo Bleckmann
Andy Bey

Female Vocalist
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Veronica Swift
Catherine Russell
Camila Meza

Composer
Maria Schneider
Bill Frisell
Carla Bley
Chick Corea

Arranger
Maria Schneider
John Beasley
Gil Goldstein
Orrin Evans

Misc. Instrumentalist
Brandee Younger (harp)
Béla Fleck (banjo)
Grégoire Maret (harmonica)
Edmar Castañeda (harp)

Vocal Group
The Royal Bopsters
Take 6
Duchess
Manhattan Transfer

See our critics’ picks for top albums of 2020

See the results of our 2020 readers’ poll.