December 2016


Maria Schneider

81st Annual Readers Poll

The Maria Schneider Orchestra wins Jazz Album of the Year for The Thompson Fields, and the bandleader takes home top honor in the composer and arranger category of this year’s Readers Poll.

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    Phil Woods

    A Soldier For Jazz

    Alto saxophonist Phil Woods has been inducted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame. Readers also voted him into the top spot in the Alto Saxophone category.

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    Kamasi Washington

    Just Enjoy the Music

    : Saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington—the most talked-about artist in jazz—has won yet another accolade, topping the Jazz Artist category in our Readers Poll.

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    John Coltrane

    I Have Everything

    Released in 1965, saxophonist John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is one of the most revered albums in jazz history. Readers have voted the Complete Masters three-CD box set as the Historical Album of the Year. Our feature will examine what the box set reveals about Coltrane’s artistic process.

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    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Democracy In Action

    The orchestra topped the Big Band category in our poll, and its leader, Wynton Marsalis, topped the Trumpet category.

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    James Carter

    Following Wise Men

    Detroit native James Carter has won numerous accolades for his mastery of the soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones. This year he topped the Baritone saxophone category in our Readers Poll.

Blindfold Test

John Abercrombie was tested on the following tracks for the Blindfold Test

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