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BMI Jazz Composers Top ‘Downbeat’ Readers Poll

Posted in News on November 11, 2008

Downbeat has released its 73rd Annual Readers Poll with BMI jazz composers topping 24 of the 29 categories, accounting for 84% of the winners. These composers represent the “who’s who” of jazz performers and BMI’s dominance in the genre.

Sonny Rollins top two categories, Jazz Artist and Tenor Saxophone, while the Pat Metheny Trio garnered the Jazz Group award; Pat Metheny himself nabbed the Guitar title. Top honors went to Keith Jarrett, who was inducted in Downbeat’s Hall of Fame; Michael Brecker’s Pilgrimage received the Jazz Album honor and B.B. King received the Blues Artist title. Additional instrumentalists honored include Herbie Hancock (Piano), James Carter (Baritone Saxophone), Steve Turre (Trombone) and Miles Davis (Historical Album).

BMI’s Downbeat Readers Poll winners:

Keith Jarrett
Hall of Fame

Sonny Rollins
Tenor Saxophone
Jazz Artist

Michael Brecker
Jazz Album

Miles Davis
Historical Album

Pat Metheny Trio
Jazz Group

Pat Metheny
Guitar

Steve Turre
Trombone

Wayne Shorter
Soprano Saxophone

Phil Woods
Alto Saxophone

James Carter
Baritone Saxophone

Paquito D’ Rivera
Clarinet

James Moody
Flute

Herbie Hancock
Piano

Joey DeFrancesco
Organ

Chick Corea
Electric Keyboard/Synthesizer

Christian McBride
Acoustic Bass

Steve Swallow
Electric Bass

Jack DeJohnette
Drums

Poncho Sanchez
Percussion

Bobby Hutcherson
Vibes

Toots Thielemans
Miscellaneous Instrument

Kurt Elling
Vocals

B.B. King
Blues Artist/Group

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