DownBeat Readers Poll Now Open
Votes are pouring in for the 77th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll, which opened on July 23. Readers will vote in 34 categories, and the results will be published in the December issue of DownBeat.
In last year’s Readers Poll, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding was voted the Jazz Artist of the Year, while Brad Mehldau took honors for Pianist of the Year and top Jazz Album—for his concert CD/DVD set Live In Marciac (Nonesuch). The 2011 Readers Poll had 6,902 voters.
In addition to voting in diverse categories such as Big Band, Historical Album, Baritone Saxophone, Drums, Composer and Blues Album, readers will cast ballots to induct musicians into the DownBeat Hall of Fame, which currently has 131 members. In recent years, DownBeat readers have voted to induct Ahmad Jamal (2011), Chick Corea (2010), Freddie Hubbard (2009) and Keith Jarrett (2008).
Voting for the Readers Poll will close at midnight on the evening of Aug. 21. To vote in this year’s Readers Poll, please click here.