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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. You might also be interested in famous male jazz pianists and famous female jazz singers. 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 Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Norah Jones, and many more. Featuring famous women jazz musicians from 1930s, 50s, and more, this list has it all. 

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: 36

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: Ted, American Wedding, Trainwreck, Love Actually

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#352 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#62 on The Best Singers of All Time

#231 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#20 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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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 ...more

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Age: 29

Birthplace: Mazomanie, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

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#1378 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#377 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#151 on The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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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. ...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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#271 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#116 on The Best Singers of All Time

#298 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#44 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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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 ...more

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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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#760 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#103 on The Best Current Female Singers

#146 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#188 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Alice Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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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 ...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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#13 on The Best Avant-garde Jazz Bands/Artists

#62 on Make Your Voice Heard: Who Are the Best Female Jazz Singers?

#61 on The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

#11 on Famous People Named Alice

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Helen Sung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1922-1992)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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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#412 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#1021 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#320 on The Best Guest Stars on The Love Boat

#13 on Famous People Whose Last Name Is Walker

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Patrice Rushen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Jazz Pianists
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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 ...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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#1081 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#772 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#71 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

#552 on These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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