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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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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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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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Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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+ - 67 26
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

5
+ - 70 41
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

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

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Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

12
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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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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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Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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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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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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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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Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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

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

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

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

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

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Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Gene Harris Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

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George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Diana Krall Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

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+ - 9 13
Laurence Hobgood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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+ - 11 16
Mike Longo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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

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

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

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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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Egberto Gismonti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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Keiko Matsui is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Keiko Matsui New Age music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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Eric Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Eric Lewis that's the Top Professor

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

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