Okeh Music proudly announces the winners of the 65th Annual Critics Poll of the DOWNBEAT magazine
Okeh Music proudly announces the winners of the 65th Annual Critics Poll of the DOWNBEAT magazine

As in the previous year, Branford Marsalis has been awarded in no less than four categories, among them Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Producer and for his Jazz album of the Year “Upward Spiral” with Kurt Elling, who has achieved the 2nd place as best Male Vocalist in the Poll.  Jeff Ballard has convinced the critics winning a first prize in the category “Rising Star Drums”. Another award goes to Bill Frisell who was voted 2nd in the category “Guitar”.  
Make sure to check out the overview with all winners below and stay tuned about their latest releases, concerts and updates!

 

Overview of this year's winners:

Jazz album of the Year           # 6        Sonny Rollins Holding The Stage – Road Shows, Vol. 4

                                               # 10      Branford Marsalis / Kurt Elling         Upward Spiral

Soprano Saxophone              #  3       Branford Marsalis

Tenor Saxophone                   #  8       Branford Marsalis

Guitar                                     #  2       Bill Frisell

Bass                                       #  2       Dave Holland

Violin                                      #  1       Regina Carter

Female Vocalist                     #  4       Dee Dee Bridgewater

                                              #  19     Stacey Kent

Male Vocalist                         #  2       Kurt Elling

Producer                                #  16     Branford Marsalis

                                              #  19     Matt Pierson

Rising Star Trumpet              #  6       Bria Skonberg

Rising Star Drums                 #  1       Jeff Ballard

Rising Female Vocalist          #  11     Camille Bertault