Mary Halvorson teaches a Stone Workshop. She won the Guitar category in the annual DownBeat Critics Poll, and was additionally nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year, Composer, and Jazz Album of the Year.

New School Faculty and Alumni Earn Recognition from the Annual DownBeat Critics Poll

The annual DownBeat critics poll recognizes leading figures in jazz — and, like in years past, the 2018 poll was stacked with School of Jazz and Contemporary Music faculty and alumni. Faculty members and alumni from Mannes School of Music made the list as well.

School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Faculty

Mary Halvorson won the Guitar category and was nominated in the Jazz Artist of the Year, Composer, and Jazz Album of the Year categories.

Matt Wilson was nominated in the Jazz Album of the Year and Drums category. His group, Honey and Salt, was also nominated for Jazz Group.

Linda May Han Oh was nominated in the Jazz Album of the Year, Bass, and Electric Bass categories. She was also nominated in the Record Label category as a member of Greenleaf Music.

Uri Caine was nominated in the Keyboard and Rising Star Arranger categories.

Andrew Cyrille was nominated in the Drums category.

Peter Bernstein was nominated in the Guitar category.

Ben Allison was nominated in the Bass, Rising Star Producer, and Rising Star Arranger categories.

Reggie Workman was nominated in the Bass category.

John Zorn was nominated in the Alto Saxophone, Composer, and Producer categories.

Darcy James Argue was nominated in the Composer, Arranger, and Rising Star categories, and his group Secret Society was nominated in the Big Band category.

Steven Bernstein was nominated in the Arranger and Trumpet categories, and his group Millennial Territory Orchestra was nominated in the Big Band category.

Arturo O’Farrill was nominated in the Arranger category, and his group Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra was nominated in the Big Band category.

Ingrid Jensen was nominated in the Trumpet category.

Kris Davis won the Rising Star category and was nominated in the Piano and Rising Star Producer categories.

George Cables was nominated in the Piano category, and the Jazz Group category as a member of The Cookers.

Allison Miller was nominated in the Rising Star Producer, Rising Star Drums, and Rising Star Arranger categories. Her group Boom Tic Boom was also nominated in the Jazz Group category.

Spike Wilner and Ben Rubin were nominated in the Rising Star Producer category.

Jane Ira Bloom won the Soprano Saxophone category.

Jaki Byard was nominated in the Hall of Fame category.

Billy Harper was nominated in the Jazz Group category as part of The Cookers.

Bobby Sanabria was nominated in the Percussion category.

Adam Rudolph was nominated in the Percussion category.

Gregoire Maret was nominated in the Miscellaneous Instrument category for Harmonica.

Ben Street was nominated in the Rising Star Bass category.

Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band was nominated in the Rising Star Big Band category.

School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Alumni

Cecile McLorin Salvant was nominated in the Jazz Artist of the Year category, and his album Dreams and Daggers won for Jazz Album of the Year.

Robert Glasper was nominated in the Jazz Artist of the Year, Producer, Arranger, and Beyond Artist or Group categories, and won for Keyboard.

Gilad Hekselman was nominated in the Guitar and Rising Star categories.

Becca Stevens was nominated in the Female Vocalist category.

Jose James was nominated in the Male Vocalist category.

Marcus Strickland was nominated in the Rising Star Tenor Sax category.

E.J. Strickland was nominated in the Rising Star Drums category.

Jazzmeia Horn was nominated in the Rising Female Vocalist category.

Mannes School of Music Faculty

Dave Douglas was nominated in the Producer and Trumpet categories. He was also nominated for Record Label, as a member of Greenleaf Music.

Jacob Garchik won the Rising Star Trombone category.

Mannes School of Music Alumni

Bill Evans’ album Another Time: The Hilversum Concert was nominated for Historical Album.