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The Best Jazz Of 2020

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To round out the year, we round up the best jazz of the year. We've done this every year for at least the last seven years.

Here are our 2020 picks:

  • "Kurinji" by Jen Allen featuring Kris Allen, Marty Jaffe, and Kush Abadey, from Sifting Grace
  • "The Sidewinder" by Artemis, from Artemis
  • "Dream Without Me" by Noah Baerman & Friends, from Love Right
  • "Inner Child" by Chris Dingman featuring Linda May Han Oh and Tim Keiper, from Embrace
  • "The Well" by Endless Field, from Alive in the Wilderness
  • "AKA Reggie" by Wayne Escoffery, from The Humble Warrior
  • "I Can't Remember Love" by Anna Hauss, Robert Wienröder & William Horberg, from Music from the Netflix Limited Series The Queen's Gambit
  • "La Mesha" by Jimmy Heath featuring Wynton Marsalis, from Love Letter
  • "Spiral" by Dan Liparini, from Tessellations
  • "Data Lords" by Maria Schneider Orchestra, from Data Lords
  • "More?" by Joel Ross, from Who Are You?
  • "Piggy Bank for Charity" by Sax & Taps, from Intersplosion! (Live at Dizzy’s Club)


  • Jen Allen - A pianist, composer, arranger, and educator; her new album is Sifting Grace
  • Noah Baerman - A pianist, composer, and educator; his new album is Love Right
  • Gene Seymour - A film, television, and music critic

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.

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