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Famous Female Jazz Pianists

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List of famous female jazz pianists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female jazz pianists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being jazz pianists. There are thousand of females working as jazz pianists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic jazz pianists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a jazz pianist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Aki Takase, Sweet Emma Barrett and many more.

While this isn't a list of all female jazz pianists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female jazz pianists?" and "Who are the best female jazz pianists?"
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    Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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    Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, widely known as Norah Jones, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She is a daughter of an American, Sue Jones, and Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar. She is Anoushka Shankar's half-sister. In 2002, Norah Jones launched her solo music career with the ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Ted, American Wedding, Trainwreck, Love Actually
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    Skylar Grey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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    Holly Brook Hafermann, who goes by the stage name Skylar Grey, is an American singer and songwriter from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. In 2004, under the moniker Holly Brook, at the age of 17, she signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group and a recording contract with Linkin Park’s Warner ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Mazomanie, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
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    Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. The sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1933-2003)
    • Birthplace: Tryon, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Singer
    • Credits: The Big Lebowski, The Intouchables, Miami Vice, The Thomas Crown Affair
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    Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade, establishing her as one of ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Nanaimo, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Anything Else, Public Enemies, Seven Pounds, The Score
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    Alice Coltrane, née McLeod was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer, and the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. One of the few harpists in the history of jazz, she recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse!more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1937-2007)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Sideman, Bandleader, Harpist, Composer, + more
    • Credits: The Dancing Soul of the Walking People
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    Helen Sung is an American jazz pianist. more

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    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Pianist
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    Nancy Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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    Nancy Walker was an American actress and comedienne of stage, screen, and television. She was also a film and television director. During her five-decade long career, she may be best remembered for her long-running roles as Mildred on McMillan & Wife and Ida Morgenstern, who first appeared on several ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1922-1992)
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murder by Death, Rhoda, Family Affair, Can't Stop the Music, + more
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    Patrice Rushen

    Patrice Louise Rushen is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts, but "Forget ...more

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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Cora Unashamed, Our America, Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years
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