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JazzTimes Readers’ Poll Results 2013

Your picks for the best jazz of the previous year

Bela Fleck (Photo by Stephanie Lynne)

Below are selected results from JazzTimes‘ 2013 Readers’ Poll. Voting was conducted via an online survey posted at The rest of the survey results, including winners in categories such as Artist of the Year, New Artist, New Release,and several other musician categories, can be found in the Jan.-Feb. issue. See the link at bottom.

Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of number of votes. Voters were asked to focus on releases, performances and achievements that occurred between November 2012 and late November 2013.

Record Label

Blue Note


Concord Music Group

Mack Avenue


Village Vanguard

Yoshi’s (Oakland &

San Francisco)

Blue Note (NYC)



Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout (Gotham)

Beyond a Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album by Tony Whyton (Oxford)

Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker by Chuck Haddix

(University of Illinois)

Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton by Gary Burton (Berklee)

Miscellaneous Instruments (banjo, harmonica, cello, oud, et al.)

[4 Winners]

Béla Fleck (banjo)

Toots Thielemans


Grégoire Maret


Howard Johnson (tuba)


Chick Corea

Wayne Shorter

Maria Schneider

Terence Blanchard


Wynton Marsalis

Maria Schneider

John Clayton

Bob Mintzer

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