Washington, Iyer Among Winners in 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll

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Kamasi Washington topped three categories in the DownBeat Critics Poll, including Jazz Album of the Year, for his three-disc set, The Epic.

(Photo: Mike Park)

Flute: Nicole Mitchell

Piano: Kenny Barron


Keyboard: Robert Glasper


Organ (tie): Joey DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith


Guitar: Bill Frisell


Bass: Christian McBride


Electric Bass: Marcus Miller


Violin: Regina Carter


Drums: Jack DeJohnette


Percussion: Hamid Drake


Vibraphone: Gary Burton


Miscellaneous Instrument: Béla Fleck (banjo)


Female Vocalist: Cécile McLorin Salvant


Male Vocalist: Gregory Porter


Composer: Maria Schneider


Arranger: Maria Schneider


Record Label: ECM


Producer: Manfred Eicher


Blues Artist or Group: Buddy Guy


Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born To Play Guitar (RCA)


Beyond Artist or Group: David Bowie


Beyond Album: David Bowie, Blackstar (Columbia)


RISING STAR WINNERS

Rising Star–Jazz Artist: Kamasi Washington
Rising Star–Jazz Group: JD Allen Trio
Rising Star–Big Band: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra
Rising Star–Trumpet: Marquis Hill
Rising Star–Trombone: Michael Dease
Rising Star–Soprano Saxophone: Donny McCaslin
Rising Star–Alto Saxophone: Grace Kelly
Rising Star–Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington
Rising Star–Baritone Saxophone: Lisa Parrott
Rising Star–Clarinet: Oran Etkin
Rising Star–Flute: Elena Pinderhughes
Rising Star–Piano: Joey Alexander
Rising Star–Keyboard (tie): Nik Bärtsch and Sam Yahel
Rising Star–Organ: Pat Bianchi
Rising Star–Guitar: Liberty Ellman
Rising Star–Bass: Luques Curtis
Rising Star–Electric Bass: Tim Lefebvre
Rising Star–Violin: Mads Tolling
Rising Star–Drums (tie): Mark Guiliana and Kendrick Scott
Rising Star–Percussion: Ches Smith
Rising Star–Vibraphone: Khan Jamal
Rising Star–Miscellaneous Instrument: Omer Avital (oud)
Rising Star–Female Vocalist: Kate McGarry
Rising Star–Male Vocalist: Ku-umba Frank Lacy
Rising Star–Composer: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Rising Star–Arranger: Christine Jensen
Rising Star–Producer: Zev Feldman

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