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2020 Readers’ Poll Results

Voting conducted via an online survey posted on our website

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Clarinetist of the Year Anat Cohen (second from left) performing with Best New Artist Artemis (photo: Adrien H. Tillmann)

BEST OF THE INDUSTRY

Record Label
Blue Note
ECM
Mack Avenue
Verve

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

Podcast
Straight No Chaser
The Hang with Gregory Porter
We Insist! Jazz Speaks Out
The Checkout

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

Book
Keith Jarrett: A Biography by Wolfgang Sandner
Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark
Ornette Coleman: The Territory and the Adventure by Maria Golia
Chasin’ the Bird by Dave Chisholm and Peter Markowski

BEST MUSICIANS

Trumpeter
Wynton Marsalis
Ambrose Akinmusire*
Avishai Cohen*
Ingrid Jensen
Bria Skonberg

Trombonist
Wycliffe Gordon
Trombone Shorty
Steve Turre
Curtis Fuller

Clarinetist
Anat Cohen
Ken Peplowski
Paquito D’Rivera
Dave Liebman

Tenor Saxophonist
Wayne Shorter
Branford Marsalis
Chris Potter
Joshua Redman

Alto Saxophonist
David Sanborn
Lee Konitz
Grace Kelly
Charles McPherson

Soprano Saxophonist
Wayne Shorter
Branford Marsalis
Chris Potter
Jane Ira Bloom

Baritone Saxophonist
Gary Smulyan
Claire Daly
James Carter
John Surman

Flutist
Hubert Laws
Charles Lloyd
Nicole Mitchell
Holly Hofmann

Violinist
Regina Carter
Jean-Luc Ponty
Sara Caswell
Mark Feldman