Famous Male Jazz Musicians People

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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    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 architects ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Harlem Nights, Death Wish, Blowup, Indecent Proposal, Colors, + more
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    John Coltrane
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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: Jazz Casual: John Coltrane, Jazz Icons: John Coltrane: Live in '60, '61 & '65, Jazz Casual
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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 ended up ...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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    Thelonious Monk
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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 recorded ...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: Les liaisons dangereuses, Jazz Icons: Thelonious Monk: Live in '66, Mounting Tension, Default Averted, East Side Summer
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    Tom Noonan
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    Tom Noonan is a film score composer, voice actor, film editor and producer.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, Greenwich
    • 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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    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 drummer ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Flautist, Jazz Musician
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    Avery Brooks
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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 American ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Evansville, USA, Indiana, Center Township
    • 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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    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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    Stéphane Grappelli was a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He has been called "the grandfather of jazz violinists" and continued playing concerts around the world well into his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1908-1997)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Actor, Jazz Violinist, Jazz Musician
    • Credits: Private Benjamin, Going Places, May Fools, Grappelli: Fascinating Rhythm, Stéphane Grappelli: Live in San Francisco, + more
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    Joshua Redman is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In 1991, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer
    • Credits: Blues Brothers 2000, Vanya on 42nd Street, Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years, Reading Rainbow: Music, Music, + more
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    T. S. Monk is an American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. He is the son of fellow jazz musician, Thelonious Monk.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Drummer, Composer, Jazz Musician
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    Donald Harvey Francks or Iron Buffalo is a Canadian actor, vocalist and jazz musician.more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Burnaby, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Peace activist, + more
    • Credits: Heavy Metal, Inspector Gadget, Beetlejuice, La Femme Nikita, My Bloody Valentine, + more
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    John D'earth is an American post bop/hard bop jazz trumpeter born in Holliston, Massachusetts who has appeared on recordings by Dave Matthews and Bruce Hornsby as well as recording a number of CDs on his own. He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Holliston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Jazz Composer, Trumpeter, Composer, Jazz Musician
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    Joe Lovano
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    Joseph Salvatore "Joe" Lovano is an American post bop jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer. Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor saxophone players, earning a Grammy Award and several mentions on Down Beat magazine's critics' and readers' polls. He ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Flautist, Actor, Drummer, Clarinetist, + more
    • Credits: Carla Bley: Live in Montreal, Joe Lovano Nonet: Paris Concert
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    Gil Mellé was an American artist, jazz musician and film composer. In the 1950s, Mellé's paintings and sculptures were shown in New York galleries and he created the cover art for albums by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. Mellé played the tenor and baritone saxophone with George ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1931-2004)
    • Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Film Score Composer, Painter, Artist, Jazz Musician
    • Credits: The Sentinel, The Andromeda Strain, Embryo, Killdozer!, The Organization, + more
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    Jan Garbarek is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. Garbarek was born in Mysen, Norway, the only child of a former Polish prisoner of war Czesław Garbarek and a Norwegian farmer's daughter. Effectively stateless until the age of seven ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Mysen, Norway
    • Profession: Record producer, Composer, Jazz Musician
    • Credits: Space Tourists, Kippur, The Giant Buddhas, Året gjennom Børfjord, Teo the Redhead, + more
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    Wonga Phillip "Phil" Harris was an American singer, songwriter, jazz musician, actor, and comedian. He was born to Harry and Dollie Harris. His mother was of Irish descent. Though successful as an orchestra leader, Harris is remembered today for his recordings as a vocalist, his voice work in animation.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1904-1995)
    • Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Stockton Township, Linton
    • Profession: Songwriter, Soldier, Comedian, Musician, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, The Aristocats, Deadliest Catch, The High and the Mighty, + more
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    Kustas Kikerpuu was a Composer, Jazz Musician, Orchestra Conductor, Music Teacher and Actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1937-2008)
    • Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Music Teacher, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Inimesed sõdurisinelis
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    Derek Wadsworth was a British jazz trombonist, session musician, composer and arranger.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1939-2008)
    • Birthplace: Cleckheaton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Arranger, Composer, Trombonist, Jazz Musician
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    As an experienced studio and touring musician, recording engineer, producer, vocalist, cellist and writer, Aaron Trubic has proudly garnered numerous commercial recording credits for both major and independent labels spanning 18 years as well as tour performances in Europe, Asia and North America and ...more

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    • Profession: Bassist, Record producer, Musician, Blues Musician, Jazz Musician
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