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Behold WBGO's Top 100 Artists, As Selected by YOU, During Our Summer Guarantee Fund Drive

Sarah Vaughan in 1963.
Riccardo Schwamenthal/CTSIMAGES/Courtesy of Resonance Records
Sarah Vaughan in 1963.

WBGO listeners have good taste… no, make that GREAT taste.

You show it every time you tune in to 88.3 FM or listen online here at WBGO.org. You demonstrate it with your financial support. You expect the best, and we give it to you, our fabulous family around the corner, around the world.

You’ve also shown that taste with our listeners’ poll, the results of which are below. During this Summer Guarantee Fund Drive, we’re sharing your pick of the Top 100 artists of all time, in 19 different categories.

Your favorites. Selected by you. Some surprises too. It’s the guarantee you support so we may all revel in our favorites. Some for the first time.

THANK YOU for making WBGO sound so damn good!

Female Vocals

Sarah Vaughan

Ella Fitzgerald

Billie Holiday

Nancy Wilson

Dinah Washington

Diana Krall

Dianne Reeves

Abbey Lincoln

Male Vocals

Frank Sinatra

Johnny Hartman

Joe Williams

Gregory Porter

Tony Bennett

Ray Charles

Kurt Elling

Lou Rawls

Alto Saxophone

Charlie Parker

Cannonball Adderley

David Sanborn

Jackie McLean

Paquito D'Rivera

Tenor Saxophone

John Coltrane

Sonny Rollins

Stan Getz

Wayne Shorter

Grover Washington, Jr.

Soprano Saxophone

John Coltrane

Wayne Shorter

Branford Marsalis

Sidney Bechet

Steve Wilson

Baritone Saxophone

Gerry Mulligan

Pepper Adams

James Carter

Scott Robinson

Ronnie Cuber


Miles Davis

Dizzy Gillespie

Louis Armstrong

Wynton Marsalis

Lee Morgan


J.J. Johnson

Tommy Dorsey

Wycliffe Gordon

Steve Turre

Curtis Fuller


Herbie Mann

Hubert Laws

Dave Valent´ín

Yusef Lateef

Rahsaan Roland Kirk


Paquito D'Rivera

Benny Goodman

Artie Shaw

Anat Cohen

Buddy DeFranco


Thelonious Monk

Oscar Peterson

Herbie Hancock

Bill Evans

Horace Silver


Wes Montgomery

George Benson

Pat Metheny

Grant Green

Django Reinhardt


Jimmy Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Shirley Scott

Charles Earland

Jimmy McGriff


Regina Carter

Stéphane Grappelli

Stuff Smith

Ray Nance

Billy Bang


Ron Carter

Christian McBride

Charles Mingus

Ray Brown

Stanley Clarke


Art Blakey

Max Roach

Elvin Jones

Buddy Rich

Lewis Nash


Lionel Hampton

Milt Jackson

Cal Tjader

Bobby Hutcherson

Stefon Harris


Tito Puente

Mongo Santamaría

Poncho Sánchez

Ray Barretto

Bobby Sanabria

Large Ensemble

Count Basie Orchestra

Duke Ellington Orchestra

Dizzy Gillespie Big Band

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.