Voting for the 2017 Ertegun Hall of Fame inductees is now closed. We will announce the final three inductees on May 3.
This year’s nominees:
Nat King Cole
These nominees were selected by our nominating panel, and we thank our panelists Bill Charlap, Aaron Diehl, Jon Faddis, Will Friedwald, Ethan Iverson, Jerome Jennings, Renee Rosnes, Ellen Rowe, Catherine Russell, Bobby Sanabria, Phil Schaap, Loren Schoenberg, Bria Skonberg, Terell Stafford, and Ben Young.
To be nominated to the Hall of Fame, an artist must have:
1 Achieved innovation in a style or a concept of playing.
2 Created an original concept with a body of music or body of arrangements.
3 Spoke/speaks across generations, unbound to his or her generation’s concept of style.
4 Originated a definitive style.
5 Popularized a style without compromising the aesthetic quality of the music.
6 Occupies a significant position within the jazz lineage.
7 Influenced musicians across time.
Louis Armstrong (Inducted 2004)
Count Basie (Inducted 2005)
Sidney Bechet (Inducted 2004)
Bix Beiderbecke (Inducted 2004)
Art Blakey (Inducted 2013)
Clifford Brown (Inducted 2007)
Benny Carter (Inducted 2007)
Betty Carter (Inducted 2014)
Charlie Christian (Inducted 2007)
Ornette Coleman (Inducted 2008)
John Coltrane (Inducted 2004)
Miles Davis (Inducted 2004)
Roy Eldridge (Inducted 2005)
Duke Ellington (Inducted 2004)
Bill Evans (Inducted 2010)
Gil Evans (Inducted 2008)
Ella Fitzgerald (Inducted 2005)
Dizzy Gillespie (Inducted 2004)
Benny Goodman (Inducted 2005)
Dexter Gordon (Inducted 2015)
Lionel Hampton (Inducted 2013)
Coleman Hawkins (Inducted 2004)
Fletcher Henderson (Inducted 2014)
Earl Hines (Inducted 2005)
Johnny Hodges (Inducted 2005)
Billie Holiday (Inducted 2004)
J.J. Johnson (Inducted 2016)
James P Johnson (Inducted 2015)
Elvin Jones (Inducted 2014)
Jo Jones (Inducted 2005)
Charles Mingus (Inducted 2005)
Wes Montgomery (Inducted 2014)
Jelly Roll Morton (Inducted 2004)
Thelonious Monk (Inducted 2004)
King Oliver (Inducted 2005)
Bud Powell (Inducted 2010)
Charlie Parker (Inducted 2004)
Django Reinhardt (Inducted 2007)
Max Roach (Inducted 2005)
Sonny Rollins (Inducted 2005)
Wayne Shorter (Inducted 2016)
Bessie Smith (Inducted 2008)
Billy Strayhorn (Inducted 2010)
Art Tatum (Inducted 2004)
Clark Terry (Inducted 2013)
Lennie Tristano (Inducted 2015)
Sarah Vaughan (Inducted 2010)
Fats Waller (Inducted 2005)
Ben Webster (Inducted 2016)
Mary Lou Williams (Inducted 2008)
Lester Young (Inducted 2004)