music The Best Crossover Jazz Artists  

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Crossover jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good crossover 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 crossover jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Crossover 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 crossover jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest crossover jazz bands of all time, since the most famous crossover jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best crossover jazz music.

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

This list contains artists like Pat Metheny and Jamie Cullum. Upvote the best artists to see them rise closer to the top of the list. Also, you should vote on artists like Earl Klugh and Wayne Shorter, if you like them.

All important, significant and iconic names in crossover 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 crossover 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 crossover jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into crossover 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 crossover jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent crossover jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best crossover jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest crossover 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 crossover jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Pat Metheny Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music

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Jamie Cullum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Jamie Cullum Crossover jazz, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Bob James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Bob James Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Earl Klugh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Earl Klugh Crossover jazz, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Bruce Hornsby Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock

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Jeff Berlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Jeff Berlin Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

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Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Jean-Luc Ponty Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Tom Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Tom Scott Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, West Coast jazz

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Jeff Baxter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Jeff Baxter Rock music, Rock and roll, Christian rock

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Daryl Stuermer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Daryl Stuermer Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Chester Thompson Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Bill Bruford Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Robert Fripp New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Jeff Lorber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Jeff Lorber Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Larry Coryell Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Al Di Meola Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Chico Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Chico Hamilton Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Boogaloo

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Gabriella Cilmi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Gabriella Cilmi Crossover jazz, Pop music, Vocal jazz

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Harry Sheppard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Harry Sheppard Crossover jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

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James Ingram is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
James Ingram Adult contemporary music, Smooth soul, Crossover jazz

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Courtney Fortune is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Courtney Fortune Crossover jazz, Pop music, Electro

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Ronny Jordan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Ronny Jordan Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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Jorge Dalto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Crossover Jazz Artists
Jorge Dalto Crossover jazz, Jazz