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There are few things better than listening to an amazing jazz pianist blowing it out of the water. Their improvisation skills and ability to play intricate syncopations are simply captivating. This list of the best jazz pianists in the world boasts the giants of the industry, the best of the best. Who are the best jazz pianists today?

Whether you recognize the names on this list or not, these are some of the most esteemed people in the music industry today and in good company among many other famous jazz pianists. This list is votable and rerankable. Feel free to add anyone who isn't already on this list, but just make sure that he or she is a living, jazz pianists. 

 
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360 7
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

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256 56
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

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130 40
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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127 42
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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116 50
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

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145 73
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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64 33
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

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61 32
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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51 29
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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38 18
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

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69 47
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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45 28
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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50 33
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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38 22
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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52 36
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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57 42
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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25 14
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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35 26
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

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15 7
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Wynton Kelly Jazz

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21 15
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

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13 7
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

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8 3
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

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21 18
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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9 6
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
John Lewis Jazz

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14 13
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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5 3
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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3 1
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Gene Harris Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

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7 7
Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ture Herrgårdh added Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, gospel

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7 7
Benito Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

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11 12
Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Vijay Iyer Jazz

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5 5
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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4 4
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
IliyanShmilev added Mal Waldron Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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7 8
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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10 12
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Lyle Mays Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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10 12
Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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10 12
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Eddie Palmieri Salsa music, Latin jazz

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9 13
Laurence Hobgood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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19 26
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Diana Krall Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

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4 7
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Marcus Roberts Jazz

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11 16
Mike Longo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
DorothyDavisLongo added Mike Longo

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3 6
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rick DePiro Rock music, Jazz, Country

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2 5
Hermeto Pascoal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Hermeto Pascoal Forró, Jazz

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1 4
Soul Basement is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
mayanyc added Soul Basement Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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13 20
Robert Glasper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Robert Glasper Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rhythm and blues

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9 15
Aaron Parks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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1 5
Egberto Gismonti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Egberto Gismonti

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3 8
Eric Lewis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EdwinBarnett added Eric Lewis that's the Top Professor

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9 16
Keiko Matsui is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Keiko Matsui New Age music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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2 7
Marc Copland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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2 7
Gordon Webster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World