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Top 10 Albums of 2021

  • Album of the Year

    Jesse Cook

    "Libre"

    Libre Jesse Cook
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    1.

    Jesse Cook

    "Libre"

    Libre Jesse Cook
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    2.

    Andy Snitzer

    "Higher"

    Andy Snitzer Higher
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    3.

    Randal Clark

    "imaginary World"

    Randal Clark Imaginary World
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    4.

    Jeff Lorber

    "’Space-Time"

    Randal Clark Imaginary World
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    5.

    Larry Carlton & Paul Brown

    "Soul Searchin"

    Larry Carlton & Paul Brown Soul Searchin
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    6.

    Brian Simpson

    "All That Matters’"

    Brian Simpson All That Matters
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    7.

    Mark Jaimes

    "Hear at Last"

    Mark Jaimes Hear at Last
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    8.

    Four 80 East

    "Mixed Up"

    Four 80 East Mixed Up
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    9.

    Dave Koz & Cory Wong

    "The Golden Hour"

    Dave Koz & Cory Wong The Golden Hour
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    TIE

    10.

    Vincent Ingala

    "Fire and Desire"

    Vincent Ingala Fire and Desire
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    TIE

    10.

    Adam Hawley

    "Risin’ Up"

    Adam Hawley Risin’ Up
  • Top 10 Albums of the Year

    TIE

    10.

    Richard Elliot

    "Authentic Life"

    Richard Elliot Authentic Life

Top 10 Songs of 2021

  • Song of the Year

    Jazmin Ghent

    "Get Ready"

    Jazmin Ghent Het Ready
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    1.

    Jazmin Ghent

    "Get Ready"

    Jazmin Ghent Het Ready
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    2.

    Jesse Cook

    "Jaleo"

    Jesse Cook Jaleo
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    3.

    Four 80 East

    "Speak Easy"

    Four 80 East Speak Easy
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    4.

    Randal Clark

    "Discovery"

    Randal Clark Discovery
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    5.

    Larry Carlton and Paul Brown

    "Aftershock"

    Larry Carlton and Paul Brown Aftershock
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    6.

    Jeff Kashiwa

    "Saratoga"

    Jeff Kashiwa Saratoga
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    7.

    Andy Snitzer

    "Bloom"

    Andy Snitzer Bloom
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    8.

    Dave Koz and Cory Wong

    “Getaway Car"

    and

    Most Dangerous Song of the Year

    Dave Koz and Cory Wong Getaway Car
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    9.

    Jesse Cook

    “One World One Voice”

    Jesse Cook One World One Voice
  • Top 10 Songs of the Year

    10.

    Jeff Lorber

    "Sun Princess"

    Jeff Lorber Sun Princess
  • More Best Songs of 2021

    Dave Koz

    Kayla Waters

    Janice Lacy Project

    Jazz Holdouts

    Marc Antoine

    Brian Simpson

    Brian Simpson

    Richard Elliot

    Richard Elliot

    “If Not For You”

    “Open Portals”

    “Catalina”

    “Hi Ya Bye Ya”

    “Something About Her”

    “Bonita”

    “What I’m Waiting For”

    “Boogie”

    “Right on Time”

  • Continued

    More Best Songs of 2021

    Four 80 East

    Adam/Kat Hawley

    Christian de Mesones

    Steve Cole

    Brian Bromberg

    Paul Taylor/Jamie Jones

    Jeff Lorber Fusion

    Jeff Lorber Fusion

    “Double Down”

    “Tell Me You Love Me”

    “Hispanica”

    “Livin’ Out Loud”

    “Walkin’ on Sunshine”

    “Ride It”

    “Louisiana”

    “Memorex”

Debut Artists of 2021

  • Debut Artist (s) of the Year

    Guitarist Mark Jaimes

    "Hear At Last"

    Summer 2021 Solo Debut

    After years on guitar with Simply Red Lives in London with Special Guests Peter White & Rick Braun.

    Mark Jaimes Deput Artist of the year
  • Debut Artist (s) of the Year

    Saxophonist Randal Clark

    "Imaginary World"

    Spring 2021 Solo Debut

    Produced by Randy Brecker with Special Guests Jeff Lorber and Randy Brecker.

    Lives in Salt Lake City.

    Randal Clark Debut Artist

Best of 2021

  • Best Live Performance of the Year

    Both at Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

    Jeffrey Osborne

    Saturday Night October 16, 2021

    Jeffrey Osborne Best Live Performance
  • Best Live Performance of the Year

    Larry Carlton

    Saturday Night October 23, 2021

    Larry Carlton Best Live Performance
  • Best Smooth Jazz Vocal

    Patti Austin

    On

    Mark Jaimes

    "Midnight Rendezvous"

    Patti Austin Best Smooth Jazz Vocal
  • Best Song or Album Title

    Four 80 East Album

    "Mixed Up"

    Four 80 East Best Title
  • Prettiest Song of the Year

    Gregg Karukas

    "Sound of Emotion"

    Gregg Karukas Prettiest Song of the Year
  • More Best Songs of 2021

    “We’ll See”

    “Midnight Rendezvous”

    “Miel’s Song”

    From Simply Red guitarist Mark Jaimes Summer Solo Debut

    Mark Jaimes
  • More Best Songs of 2021

    “Trailblazer”

    “Times Arrow”

    From Salt Lake City Saxophonist Randal Clark’s Springs Solo Debut.

    Randal Clark
  • More Best Songs of 2021

    “Feel the ID”

    “Family Reunion”

    From the Summer Collaboration by Dave Koz & Cory Wong.

    Dave Koz and Cory Wong
  • More Best Songs of 2021

    “Blue Bird"

    "Your Smile”

    From Kenny G’s new album in 6 years … “Legacy”

    Dan Siegel (2 combined songs) both featuring Rogerio Jordin

    Kenny G Legacy
  • More Best Songs of 2021

    Dave Koz

    Kayla Waters

    Janice Lacy Project

    Jazz Holdouts

    Marc Antoine

    Brian Simpson

    Brian Simpson

    Richard Elliot

    Richard Elliot

    “If Not For You”

    “Open Portals”

    “Catalina”

    “Hi Ya Bye Ya”

    “Something About Her”

    “Bonita”

    “What I’m Waiting For”

    “Boogie”

    “Right on Time”

  • Continued

    More Best Songs of 2021

    Four 80 East

    Adam/Kat Hawley

    Christian de Mesones

    Steve Cole

    Brian Bromberg

    Paul Taylor/Jamie Jones

    Jeff Lorber Fusion

    Jeff Lorber Fusion

    “Double Down”

    “Tell Me You Love Me”

    “Hispanica”

    “Livin’ Out Loud”

    “Walkin’ on Sunshine”

    “Ride It”

    “Louisiana”

    “Memorex”

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    More Best Songs of 2021

    Pieces of a Dream

    Pieces of a Dream

    Julian Vaughn

    Sound of A&R

    Jesse Cook

    Jesse Cook

    Andy Snitzer

    Andy Snitzer

    Vincent Ingala

    Adam Hawley

    Four 80 East

    Larry Carlton & Paul Brown

    “In Too Deep”

    “Going Home”

    “Loving You”

    “Blue Move”

    “Onward Toward Dawn”

    “Hey!”

    “I Close My Eyes”

    “Non-Stop”

    “On the Move”

    “Risin’ Up”

    “Eastside”

    ‘Soul Searchin’”

  • Biggest NO.1's

    On the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart

    Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart
    Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart

JazzTrax Moments of the Year

  • JazzTrax Moments of The Year-1

    Flutist Kim Scott

    On stage saying “Covid is Real. I got Covid, My husband got Covid, Our son got Covid. We lived but we were really sick. Covid is REAL. “

    She then played “BELIEVE.”

    Kim Scott Live On Stage
  • JazzTrax Moments of The Year-2

    Keyboardist Nicholas Cole

    who had to cancel his JazzTrax Festival performance a week out because he caught Covid.

    But his band leader continued the show and Kay Ta called Nicholas on cellphone. Put phone to microphone and Nicholas greeted festival audience and then played intro to song on his piano from North Carolina. Cell phone to microphone to JazzTrax Audience.

    Nicholas Cole Live On Stage
  • BUT THE REAL

    JAZZTRAX MOMENT OF THE YEAR ….

    We Did It.

    The JazzTrax Festival Came Back.

    It Happened.

    We MADE IT !!!!!

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