Traditional Jazz

Cassandra Wilson, Silver Pony

Even after more than 20 years recording, Cassandra Wilson is still a powerful force in jazz whose vocals remain strong. 2010's Silver Pony was praised by critics and fans alike, and is evident that she has no signs of slowing down any time soon.

The Marsalis Family, Music Redeems

Considered by many to be modern jazz royalty, the Marsalis family cooked up an incredible album that showed fans that redemption can also be achieved through music.

Lizz Wright, Fellowship

Wright's fourth album fused jazz and non-secular music so seamlessly and effortlessly that those listening certainly felt a feeling reflected in the album's title.

Kevin Eubanks, Zen Food

Though many will recognize Eubanks for his work as the lead guitarist on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show, Eubanks is also known throughout the jazz community for his commitment to the genre.

Terri Lyne Carrington, The Mosaic Project

Described as "a celebration of female artists," Carrington's The Mosaic Project is a commendable piece that seeks to unify through the power of music.