As a member of the JJA (Jazz Journalist Association) we are encouraged to submit some of our favorite artists that we listened to in 2021. Some of your artists may be listed in my current list.
Over the course of three decades, the Jazz Journalists Association
has developed from being a loose coalition of like-minded professional
writers, photographers and broadcasters to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit with
global outreach through its online programs and community-based
initiatives. If you're not already a member, I encourage you to join the JJA.
BEST OF JAZZ FROM JJA MEMBERS
Michael Wolff, "Live at Vitellos"
Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Anderson
Lewis Nash - "Live at No Black Tie"
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - "Virtual Birdland"
Henry "Skipper" Franklin - "Showers & Blessings"
Noah Haidu/Buster Williams/Billy Hart - "Slowly:Song for Keith Jarrett"
Wadada Leo Smith/Milford Graves/Bill Laswell - "Sacred Ceremonies"
Brian Bromberg - "A Little Driving Music"
Ralph Peterson - "Raise Up Off Me"
Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller - "In Harmony"
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - "Tongue & Groove"
Tanya Dennis - "White Sails Blue Skies"
Generations - "The Baylor Project"
Harold Land - "Westward Bound"
Graham Dechter - "Major Influence"
Kenny Garrett - "Sounds From the Ancestors"
Antonio Adolfo - "Jobim Forever"
The Jazz All Stars - Vol 1.
Freddie Hubbard - "The Hub of Hubbard"
Oscar Paterson - "Motions & Emotions"
Renee Rosnes - "Kinds of Love"
Joey DeFrancesco - "More Music"
Lady Blackbird - "Black Acid Soul"
Ella Fitzgerald - "Sunshine of your love"
Laufey & Philharmonic Orchestra
Kirk Lightsey - "I Will Never Stop Loving You"
Joe Farnsworth - "City of Sounds"
Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios - "Songs From My Father"
The Temple University Jazz Band - "Without You No Me Honoring Legacy of Jimmy Heath"
Brandon Goldberg - "In Good Time"
Carlos Henriquez - "The South Bronx Story"
Jazzmiea Horn & Her Noble Force - "Dear Love"
Gonzalo Rubalcaba/Ron Carter/Jack DeJohnette - "Skyline"
Shedrick Mitchell - "What Do you Say"
Nicholas Payton/Ron Carter/Karriem Riggins/George Coleman - "Smoke Sessions"
Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marisico - "Jazz Blues Brothers"
Paul Jost - "While We Were Gone"
A Gift to Pops
Oscar Peterson - "A Time for Love: Live in Helsinki - 1987
Mark Zaleski Band - "Our Time Re-imagining Dave Brubeck"
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - "Cheek to Cheek"
Michael Stephenson Meets Alexander Claffy Trio
Harold Mabern - "Mabern Plays Coltrane
John Coltrane - "A Love Supreme - 1965
Peace & Blessings,
Dee Dee McNeil / Jazz Journalist