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2020 Readers’ Poll Results

Voting conducted via an online survey posted on our website

Angela Verbrugge
Best Female Vocalist: Angela Verbrugge

Pianist
Chick Corea
Keith Jarrett*
Brad Mehldau*
Herbie Hancock
Fred Hersch

Keyboardist
Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea
Craig Taborn
Hiromi

Organist
Joey DeFrancesco
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Larry Goldings*
John Medeski*
Cory Henry

Guitarist
Bill Frisell
John Pizzarelli
Pat Metheny
Peter Bernstein

Acoustic Bassist
Christian McBride
Esperanza Spalding
Ron Carter
Dave Holland

Electric Bassist
Esperanza Spalding
Marcus Miller
Steve Swallow
Victor Wooten

Vibraphonist
Joel Ross
Stefon Harris
Warren Wolf
Sasha Berliner

Percussionist
Zakir Hussain
Marilyn Mazur
Airto Moreira
Poncho Sanchez

Drummer
Jack DeJohnette
Brian Blade
Antonio Sánchez
Terri Lyne Carrington

Male Vocalist
Gregory Porter
Kurt Elling
Danny Bacher
Tony Bennett

Female Vocalist
Angela Verbrugge
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Diana Krall
Veronica Swift

Composer
Daniel Hersog
Maria Schneider
Wayne Shorter
Carla Bley

Arranger
Maria Schneider
Daniel Hersog
Wynton Marsalis
Carla Bley

Misc. Instrumentalist
Béla Fleck (banjo)
Anja Lechner (cello)
Tomeka Reid (cello)
Ben Rosenblum (accordion)

Vocal Group
Manhattan Transfer
Take 6
The Royal Bopsters
New York Voices

See the results of our 2020 critics’ poll.

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