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DownBeat Readers Poll Results

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“It is literally a Who’s Who and what’s what on the improvised music scene today,” Frank Alkyer (DownBeat’s publisher)


The results of the 76th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll are in. Iconic pianist Ahmad Jamal was named as the readers’ choice for the DownBeat Hall of Fame, bassist Esperanza Spalding became the first woman to be named DownBeat’s Jazz Artist of the Year, and Brad Mehldau’s Live in Marciac (Nonesuch) was named Jazz Album of the Year.

With 6,902 votes cast in this year’s poll, the winners represent only one slice of the importance of the Readers Poll. Along with the 34 winners, the poll lists more than 90 of the year’s top recordings and over 700 top artists.


2011 DownBeat Readers Poll

Hall Of Fame: Ahmad Jamal

Jazz Artist Of The Year: Esperanza Spalding

Jazz Album Of The Year: Brad Mehldau, Live In Marciac (Nonesuch)

Historical Album Of The Year: Miles Davis, Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Sony/Legacy)

Blues Album Of The Year: Buddy Guy, Living Proof (Silvertone/Jive)

Beyond Album Of The Year: Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion (ATCO)

Big Band: Maria Schneider Orchestra

Jazz Group: Keith Jarrett—Gary Peacock—Jack DeJohnette

Soprano Saxophone: Wayne Shorter

Alto Saxophone: Phil Woods

Tenor Saxophone: Joshua Redman

Baritone Saxophone: James Carter

Trumpet: Wynton Marsalis

Trombone: Steve Turre

Clarinet: Anat Cohen

Flute: Hubert Laws

Drums: Jack DeJohnette

Vibes: Gary Burton

Percussion: Airto Moreira

Violin: Regina Carter

Acoustic Bass: Christian McBride

Electric Bass: Marcus Miller

Guitar: Pat Metheny

Piano: Brad Mehldau

Organ: Joey DeFrancesco

Electronic Keyboard: Chick Corea

Miscellaneous Instrument: Toots Thielemans (harmonica)

Male Vocalist: Kurt Elling

Female Vocalist: Diana Krall

Composer: Maria Schneider

Arranger: Maria Schneider

Record Label: Blue Note

Blues Artist or Group: B. B. King

Beyond Artist or Group: Jeff Beck



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