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Down Beat 82nd Annual Readers Poll

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Wynton Marsalis topped the Trumpet category, and readers elected him into the DownBeat Hall of Fame.

Diana Krall topped the categories Female Vocalist and Jazz Album of the Year, for her exquisite disc Turn Up The Quiet (Verve).

Corea was voted Jazz Artist of the Year. Herbie Hancock topped both the Piano and Keyboard categories.

Snarky Puppy topped the Jazz Group category, Chris Potter won the Tenor Saxophone category and Anat Cohen topped the Clarinet category.

The Maria Schneider Orchestra was voted the top Big Band, and its leader took home the honors for top Composer and Arranger.

The winner for Historical Album is the Bill Evans Trio’s On A Monday Evening (Fantasy), documenting performances in Madison, Wisconsin, on Nov. 15, 1976.

The readers’ choice for top Blues Album is TajMo (Concord), a collaboration between revered blues veterans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.

Guitarist Jeff Beck topped the Beyond Artist or Group category, and the Beyond Album honors went to You Want It Darker (Columbia), the final album by singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away Nov. 7, 2016.

“The results of this year’s Readers Poll are an indication of the incredible variety and depth of talent on the jazz scene today,” said DownBeat Editor Bobby Reed. “Wynton Marsalis’ induction into the DownBeat Hall of Fame is a reminder that he is not only a remarkable composer and bandleader, but also one of the most skillful musicians to ever pick up a trumpet. With his induction into the Hall of Fame, he joins timeless luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday.”

The December issue of DownBeat contains the complete results in all 34 Readers Poll categories.

Additionally, the issue includes features on numerous poll winners, including Marsalis, Corea, Krall, Snarky Puppy, and Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, as well as Christian McBride, who won the Bass category.

The list of winners is below:


Hall of Fame: Wynton Marsalis 
Jazz Artist: Chick Corea 
Jazz Group: Snarky Puppy 
Big Band: Maria Schneider Orchestra 
Jazz Album: Diana Krall, Turn Up The Quiet (Verve)
Historical Album: Bill Evans Trio, On A Monday Evening (Fantasy)
Trumpet: Wynton Marsalis 
Trombone: Trombone Shorty
Soprano Saxophone: Wayne Shorter 
Alto Saxophone: Kenny Garrett 
Tenor Saxophone: Chris Potter 
Baritone Saxophone: James Carter 
Clarinet: Anat Cohen
Flute: Hubert Laws 
Piano: Herbie Hancock 
Keyboard: Herbie Hancock 
Organ: Joey DeFrancesco
Guitar: Pat Metheny 
Bass: Christian McBride 
Electric Bass: Stanley Clarke 
Violin: Regina Carter
Drums: Jack DeJohnette
Percussion: Sheila E. 
Vibraphone: Gary Burton 
Miscellaneous Instrument: Béla Fleck (banjo)
Female Vocalist: Diana Krall
Male Vocalist: Gregory Porter 
Composer: Maria Schneider 
Arranger: Maria Schneider 
Record Label: Blue Note 
Blues Artist or Group: Buddy Guy 
Blues Album: Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, TajMo (Concord)
Beyond Artist or Group: Jeff Beck 
Beyond Album: Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker (Columbia)


Abbiamo imparato a non dare eccessiva importanza ai referendum sia dei critici che dei lettori, ma come sempre, più che la vittoria dell'uno piuttosto che dell'altro, dal Readers Poll emerge un gusto medio americano piuttosto conservatore. Nulla di sbagliato naturalmente, ma per me, dando per scontato che i referendum hanno un peso relativo, gran parte della musica e dei musicisti più creativi ed interessanti risiedono da tutt'altra parte che non nella classifica.