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2015 Reader’s Poll Results

Jazzed Magazine • January 2016 • December 31, 2015

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Once again we reached out to our readers to find out what artists, songs, albums, school programs, and more were resonating for them in the past calendar year.  As with the first-ever such readers poll last year, hundreds of jazz scholars and fans took part in the voting process – nearly twice as many as in 2014, in fact. Read on to learn all of the winners across a number of categories, according to our subscribers…


Jazz Legend 2015

Mark Murphy

2. Clark Terry

3. Phil Woods

Jazz Artist

Herbie Hancock

2. Chris Potter

3. Wynton Marsalis

Jazz Group

Snarky Puppy

2. John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet

3. Five Play


Jazz Album

John Scofield – Past Present

2. Dave Stryker – Messin’ with Mr. T

3. Jennifer Lietham – Mood Swings

Blues Artist or Group

BB King

2. Buddy Guy

3. Gary Clark Jr.

Blues Album

Dave & Phil Alvin – Common Ground

2. Eric Clapton and Friends – The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale 

3. The Robert Cray Band – In My Soul

Big Band

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

2. Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra

3. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra


Male Vocalist

Kurt Elling

2. Gregory Porter

3. Tony Bennett

Female Vocalist

Diane Reeves

2. Diana Krall

3. Cecile McLorin Salvant


Pat Metheney

2. John Scofield

3. Dave Stryker

Electric Bass

Marcus Miller

2. Victor Wooten

3. Stanley Clarke

Acoustic Bass

Christian McBride

2. John Clayton

3. John Pattitucci


Bobby Sanabria

2. Poncho Sanchez

3. Airto Moreira


Peter Erskine

2. Brian Blade

3. Jeff Hamilton


Gary Burton

2. Joe Locke

3. Stefon Harris

Soprano Sax

Wayne Shorter

2. Dave Liebman

3. Branford Marsalis


Alto Sax

Kenny Garrett

2. Phil Woods

3. Gary Bartz

Tenor Sax

Chris Potter

2. Joel Frahm

3. Eric Alexander

Baritone Sax

Gary Smulyan

2. Scott Robinson

3. Claire Daly


Sean Jones

2. Wynton Marsalis

3. Wayne Bergeron


Wycliffe Gordon

2. Trombone Shorty

3. Steve Turre


Anat Cohen

2. Ken Peplowski

3. Eddie Daniels


Hubert Laws

2. Lew Tabackin

3. Jamie Baum


Chick Corea

2. Herbie Hancock

3. Fred Hersch


Chick Corea

2. Herbie Hancock

3. Robert Glasper


Joey DeFrancesco

2. Lonnie Smith

3. Larry Goldings


Maria Schneider

2. John Hollenbeck

3. Wayne Shorter


Record Label

Blue Note

2. ECM

3. Concord Records

Best 2015 JAZZed Interview

Peter Erskine

2. J.K. Simmons

3. Ran Blake

Best 2015 JAZZed “What’s on Your Playlist?”

Dominique Eade

2. Brian Landrus

3. Ochion Jewell

Best 2015 JAZZed tutorial article

“A Harmonic Analysis of ‘Intrepid Fox’” (October and November/December 2015)

2. “Improvisational Dominance” (January/February 2015)

3. “Selecting Saxophone Reeds for Jazz Performance” (August/September 2015)


Jamey Aebersold

2. Wynton Marsalis

3. Hal Sherman

High School Jazz Program

Roosevelt (Seattle) High School 

2. Liverpool (N.Y.) High School

3. Rivers Music School (Mass.)

High School Jazz Competition

Essentially Ellington

2. Monterey Next Generation

3. Swing Central 

Jazz Workshop or Camp

Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop

2. New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp

3. Jim Widner Summer Camp


College or University (Jazz Program)

Berklee College of Music

2. Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music)

3. Manhattan School of Music

Venue of the Year

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

2. Village Vanguard

3. Birdland 


Festival of the Year

Monterey Jazz Festival

2. Montreal Jazz Festival

3. Newport Jazz Festival


Jazz Radio Station (terrestrial or online)



3. Sirius Real Jazz

Jazz Website



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