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2021 JazzTimes Readers’ Poll Results

Our readers pick their favorite artists, albums, books, documentaries, festivals, clubs, and more

Allen Lowe
Artist of the Year: Allen Lowe (photo: Alan Nahigian)

Voting for the 2021 JazzTimes Readers’ Poll was conducted via an online survey posted at Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of number of votes (an asterisk * denotes a tie). When casting their ballots at, readers were asked to focus on artists’ achievements occurring between January and December 2021. To see the results of our 2021 Critics’ Poll, go here.


Artist of the Year
Allen Lowe
Brandee Younger
Pat Metheny
Emmet Cohen

New Artist
Samara Joy
Nicole Glover
Emma-Jean Thackray

New Release
Brandee Younger Somewhere Different (Impulse!)
Pat Metheny Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) (Modern/BMG)
PAKT (Percy Jones/Alex Skolnick/Kenny Grohowski/Tim Motzer) PAKT (MoonJune)
Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE (Concord)

Vocal Release
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Love for Sale (Columbia/Interscope)
Veronica Swift This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue)
Esperanza Spalding Songwrights Apothecary Lab (Concord)
Kurt Elling SuperBlue (Edition)


Historical/Vault/Reissue Release
John Coltrane A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (Impulse!)
Louis Armstrong The Complete Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966 (Mosaic)
Lee Morgan The Complete Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings (Blue Note)