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List Rules Only artists who are known primarily as jazz musicians

Jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good 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 jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. If available, you can also see information about where all jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest jazz bands of all time, since the most famous jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best jazz music. You can click on the jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable jazz group. If they're near the top of the best jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the jazz band names themselves. Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list Make sure to upvote your favorite artists to see them get to the top of the list. Are you one of those people that doesn't like Thelonious Monk or Duke Ellington? Then vote those things down to have your voice heard.All important, significant and iconic names in 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 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 jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into 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 jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent jazz bands.This list answers the questions "who are the best jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest 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 jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.Don't forget to share this list on your social networks so that more great artists can hit the top ranks. (229 items)
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Charlie Parker Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 310 148
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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+ - 320 161
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

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+ - 354 61
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Joe Pass Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 345 82
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Buddy Rich Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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+ - 310 100
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 341 215
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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+ - 165 87
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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+ - 285 248
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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+ - 246 78
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Coleman Hawkins Swing music, Bebop

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+ - 193 147
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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+ - 143 92
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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+ - 175 155
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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+ - 246 126
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

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+ - 200 99
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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+ - 121 34
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Lionel Hampton Swing music, Big band

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+ - 171 128
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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+ - 188 79
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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+ - 111 25
Ray Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ray Brown Jazz

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+ - 116 72
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

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+ - 82 60
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dinah Washington Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 197 99
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Charles Mingus Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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+ - 144 80
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stan Getz Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz

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+ - 154 165
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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+ - 159 60
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Cannonball Adderley Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 204 222
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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+ - 114 65
Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ornette Coleman Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free funk

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+ - 124 42
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists

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+ - 119 59
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

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+ - 120 61
Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Max Roach Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 95 56
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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+ - 86 55
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

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+ - 96 47
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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+ - 126 57
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dexter Gordon Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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+ - 100 42
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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+ - 78 53
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 106 46
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 126 62
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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+ - 99 60
Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Paul Desmond Cool jazz, West Coast jazz

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+ - 150 52
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 94 42
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ron Carter Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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+ - 149 152
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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+ - 68 51
Gil Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Gil Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz fusion

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+ - 69 40
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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+ - 78 36
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

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+ - 149 137
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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+ - 130 122
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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+ - 62 30
Paul Chambers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Paul Chambers Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop