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2010 Downbeat winners

2010 'DownBeat' Readers Poll Winners

Zildjian artists win big

Each year, Zildjian artists dominate the Readers Polls of influential publications throughout the world. 2010 is no exception!

In this year's DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll, we're especially proud that Zildjian artists virtually swept the category for "DRUMS" and had the vast majority of artists placing in "PERCUSSION." Taking home top honors in this category was the legendary Airto Moreira who was voted #1 Percussionist - a well deserved honor. Additionally, Medeski, Martin and Wood (MMW), featuring the one-and-only Billy Martin on drums, were voted as #1 Beyond Artist/Group.

From everyone here at Zildjian, we'd like to wish a heartfelt congratulations to Airto and Billy and to all the Zildjian artists who placed in this year's DownBeat Readers Poll! We're all deeply honored that you're a part of the Zildjian Family.

Below is a list of all Zildjian artists who received votes in their respective categories. For more info and a list of all winners and nominees, head to

Airto Moreira 
Billy Martin 
Brian Blade 
Steve Gadd 
Antonio Sanchez 
Lewis Nash 
Eric Harland 
Roy Haynes 
Bill Stewart 
Matt Wilson 
Al Foster
Kenny Washington 
Carter Beauford
Randy Jones 
Nate Smith 
Jeff Ballard 
Dave King 
Eric Harland
Pancho Sanchez
Trilok Gurtu 
Pete Escovedo
Nana Vasconcelos 
Giovanni Hidalgo 
Cyro Baptista 
Mino Cinelu

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