DOWNBEAT – DownBeat is proud to announce the results of its 82nd Annual Readers Poll. Wynton Marsalis topped the Trumpet category, and readers elected him into the DownBeat Hall of Fame.
“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.”
Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will embark on a Big Band Holidays tour, which begins on Nov. 30 in Richmond, Virginia, and later makes stops in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. The band will enjoy a residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on Dec. 13–17. For more info, visit Marsalis’ website.
Several other TKA artists were Readers Poll winners as well, including:
Jazz Artist: Chick Corea
Organ: Joey DeFrancesco
Guitar: Pat Metheny
Vibraphone: Gary Burton
Miscellaneous Instrument: Béla Fleck (banjo)