2016 WPFW Jazz Programmer’s Poll results

*The 2016 edition of the WPFW Jazz Programmer’s Poll considered all new releases and reissues received between Thanksgiving 2015 and Thanksgiving 2016. Read below for details on WPFW’s eclectic mix of jazz programming and programmers (each of whom produce one 2-3 hour program per week) – one of the most robust jazz menus in terrestrial radio.

Top Ten
Gregory Porter, Take Me to the Alley, Blue Note
Catherine Russell, Harlem on my Mind, Jazz Village
Joey Alexander, Countdown, Motema
Orrin Evans, Knowingishalfthebattle, Smoke Sessions
Rene Marie, Sound of Red, Motema
Herlin Riley, New Direction, Mack Avenue
Wadada Leo Smith, America’s National Parks, Cuneiform
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, I Long to See You, Blue Note
Miles Davis, Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol 5, Legacy
Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matt Garrison, In Movement, ECM

Honorable Mention
Cecile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love, Mack Avenue
John Scofield, Country for Old Men, Impulse
Nels Cline, Lovers, Blue Note
Larry Young in Paris, The ORTF Recordings, Resonance
Warren Wolf, Convergence, Mack Avenue
Lori Williams, Behind the Smiles, Pacific Coast Jazz
The Cookers, Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart, Smoke Sessions
Abbey Lincoln, Talkin’ to the Sun, HighNote
Cuong Vu Trio meets Pat Metheny, Nonesuch
Henry Threadgill, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs, Pi

*Broadcasting from the nation’s capital, WPFW 89.3FM is the “Jazz & Justice” station in the DMV; streaming live at www.wpfwfm.org. WPFW programmers host once-weekly programs and each brings his/her own music; our station does not maintain an active music library. Jazz on WPFW is aired in the following timeslots: Sundays 9am-6pm; M-F 5am-8am; M-F 3pm-5pm (eclectic mix incl. jazz); M-F 7pm-10pm; M-Th 10pm-midnight; T-Th midnight-2am; M-Th 2am-5am.

Next Week: WPFW Jazz Programmers’ extensive list of other new releases and reissues from 2016 receiving votes in the 2016 WPFW Jazz Programmer’s Poll.


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