Person Famous Male Jazz Musicians

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

People include everyone from John Horler to Al Sergel.

While this isn't a list of all male jazz musicians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male jazz musicians?" and "Who are the best male jazz musicians?"
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist Musician, + more

Credits: Donnie Brasco, Zoolander, Office Space, Death Wish

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#587 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#411 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

#5 on The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today

#64 on The Best Hard Bop Bands

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1926-1967)

Birthplace: Hamlet, North Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader Composer

Credits: Malcolm X, Zodiac, Kids, Vanilla Sky

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#104 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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

#1 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

#500 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)

Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Bandleader, Actor Composer, + more

Credits: Stormy Weather, The Cool World, The Cosmic Eye, Jivin' in Be-Bop My Universe Inside Out, + more

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#3 on The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

#11 on The Best Jazz Musicians/Artists

#59 on Famous Jazz Trumpeters

#1 on The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists

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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," "Ruby, My Dear," "In Walked Bud," and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second-most ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1917-1982)

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Pianist, Musician, Composer

Credits: Se7en, American Hustle, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, The Score

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#324 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#989 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#13 on The Best Hard Bop Bands

#4 on The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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Tom Noonan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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Tom Noonan is a film score composer, voice actor, film editor and producer. ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor Actor, + more

Credits: Heat, RoboCop 2, Manhunter, The Monster Squad Hell on Wheels, + more

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#91 on Famous People Named Tom & Thomas

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Charles Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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Charles Lloyd is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the Hungarian tárogató. Lloyd's working band since 2007 features pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and ...more

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Age: 77

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Musician, Flautist, Jazz Musician

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#141 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

#54 on Famous Saxophonists

#76 on Famous Jazz Saxophonists

#80 on Celebrities Who Practice Transcendental Meditation

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Avery Brooks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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Avery Franklin Brooks is an American actor, director and occasional singer. Brooks is best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Hawk on Spenser for Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Bob Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film ...more

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Age: 67

Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Opera Singer, Television director, Professor, Actor Artistic Director, + more

Credits: American History X, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 15 Minutes, The Big Hit Spenser: For Hire, + more

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#93 on The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

#7 on Famous People Whose Last Name Is Brooks

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Charles Edward “Buddy” Rogers was an American actor and jazz musician. ...more

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Age: Died at 95 (1904-1999)

Birthplace: Olathe, Kansas, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Jazz Musician

Credits: Wings, Paramount on Parade, Follow Thru, My Best Girl Abie's Irish Rose, + more

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#222 on The Locations of All Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars

#38 on Famous People Whose Last Name Is Rogers

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