bands/musicians The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists

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Avant-garde jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good avant-garde jazz bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top avant-garde jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Avant-garde jazz groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all avant-garde jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest avant-garde jazz bands of all time, since the most famous avant-garde jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best avant-garde jazz music.

You can click on the avant-garde jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable avant-garde jazz group. If they're near the top of the best avant-garde jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top avant-garde jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the avant-garde jazz band names themselves.

List is made up of a variety of artists, including Medeski Martin & Wood and Elvin Jones. Downvote your least favorite artists and upvote the best ones. The best artists on this list are the ones with the most votes, so show things like Miles Davis and John Coltrane some love.

All important, significant and iconic names in avant-garde jazz music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new avant-garde jazz bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of avant-garde jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into avant-garde jazz music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good avant-garde jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent avant-garde jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best avant-garde jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest avant-garde jazz musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular avant-garde jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Post-bop

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Sun Ra Doo-wop, Kozmigroov Avant-garde jazz

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Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Charles Mingus Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz Third stream

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz Jazz-funk

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Pharoah Sanders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Pharoah Sanders Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz World fusion music

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Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Ornette Coleman Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion Free funk

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Albert Ayler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Albert Ayler Avant-garde jazz, Rhythm and blues Jazz

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Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Cecil Taylor Avant-garde jazz, Jazz Free jazz

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Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream Post-bop

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Wadada Leo Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Wadada Leo Smith Avant-garde jazz, Free improvisation

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Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Andrew Hill Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Jazz

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Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Mal Waldron Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Post-bop

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Alice Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Alice Coltrane Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz Jazz

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Tim Berne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Tim Berne Avant-garde jazz

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Post-bop

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Paul Bley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Paul Bley Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop Free jazz

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David Murray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
David Murray Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop Free jazz

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Sam Rivers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Sam Rivers Avant-garde jazz, Jazz Free jazz

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Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz Post-bop

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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion Avant-garde jazz

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John Zorn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
John Zorn Dark ambient, Noise rock Klezmer

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Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music Smooth jazz

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Pat Patrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Pat Patrick Avant-garde jazz, Swing music Hard bop

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Henry Threadgill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Henry Threadgill Avant-garde jazz, Jazz

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Steve Lacy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Steve Lacy Avant-garde jazz, Jazz Dixieland

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Kenny Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Kenny Wheeler Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop Free improvisation

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Ted Curson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Ted Curson Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Bebop

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Trevor Dunn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Trevor Dunn Avant-progressive rock, Avant-garde jazz Experimental rock

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Reggie Workman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Reggie Workman Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Jazz

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Chris Speed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Chris Speed Avant-garde jazz, Folk jazz Free jazz

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Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Woody Shaw Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Post-bop

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Steve Reid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Steve Reid Avant-garde jazz, Jazz Free jazz

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Jimmy Lyons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Jimmy Lyons Avant-garde jazz, Jazz Free jazz

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Mark Dresser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Mark Dresser Avant-garde jazz, Jazz Free jazz

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Matthew Shipp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Matthew Shipp Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop Free jazz

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Moondog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Moondog Avant-garde jazz, Outsider music Jazz

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Mike Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Mike Westbrook Avant-garde jazz

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King Missile is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
King Missile Dark ambient, Anti-folk Avant-garde jazz

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John Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
John Gilmore Avant-garde jazz, Jazz

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Derek Bailey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Derek Bailey Avant-garde jazz, Free funk Free jazz

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Mircea Florian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Mircea Florian Psychedelic folk, New Wave Avant-garde jazz

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Julien Lourau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Julien Lourau Avant-garde jazz, Electronic music

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Phil Minton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Phil Minton Avant-garde jazz, Free improvisation

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Horace Parlan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Horace Parlan Avant-garde jazz, Third stream Post-bop

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Terumasa Hino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Terumasa Hino Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Jazz fusion

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Booker Little is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Booker Little Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Jazz

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Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Roswell Rudd Avant-garde jazz, Jazz Free jazz

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Don Byron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Don Byron Klezmer, Avant-garde jazz Post-bop

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Milford Graves is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Milford Graves Avant-garde jazz, World music Jazz

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Elvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists
Elvin Jones Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop Post-bop