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2020 Readers’ Poll Results

Voting conducted via an online survey posted on our website

Charles McPherson
Artist of the Year: Charles McPherson (photo: Tariq Johnson)

Voting for the 2020 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 2020.


Artist of the Year
Charles McPherson
Wynton Marsalis
Diana Krall
Kurt Elling

New Artist
Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra
Immanuel Wilkins
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project

New Release
Charles McPherson Jazz Dance Suites (Chazz Mack)
Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra Night Devoid of Stars (Cellar)
Jeff Cosgrove/John Medeski/Jeff Lederer History Gets Ahead of the Story (Grizzley)
Anja Lechner/Francois Couturier Lontano (ECM)

Vocal Release
Diana Krall This Dream of You (Verve)
The Royal Bopsters Party of Four (Motéma)
Gregory Porter All Rise (Blue Note)
Norah Jones Pick Me Up Off the Floor (Blue Note)


Historical/Vault/Reissue Release
Thelonious Monk Palo Alto (Impulse!/Sony)
Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott’s (Resonance)
Ella Fitzgerald Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes (Verve)
Charles Mingus @ Bremen 1964 & 1975 (Sunnyside)


Acoustic Small Group/Artist
Brad Mehldau Trio
John Pizzarelli
Wynton Marsalis
Chick Corea

Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist
Esperanza Spalding
Bill Frisell
Herbie Hancock*
Pat Metheny*
Snarky Puppy


Big Band/Large Ensemble
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Christian McBride Big Band