Note from Gabriel: Not only did I make the year-end list, but so did my fantastic pianist friend Jeremy Monteiro, TWICE!

From Jazz Journalist and Critic, Dee Dee McNeil

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all contributing press and promotion folks.  I have enjoyed listening to and reviewing your amazing artists.  I look forward to listening and lending my opinions in 2022.

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.


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