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Famous Male Jazz Pianists

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List of famous male jazz pianists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male jazz pianists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being jazz pianists. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a jazz pianist then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Teddy Weatherford and Willie "The Lion" Smith.

While this isn't a list of all male jazz pianists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male jazz pianists?" and "Who are the best male jazz pianists?"
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    Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe from 1960, and with one member of that team, Peter Cook, collaborated on the television series Not ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1935-2002)
    • Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Arthur, 10, Bedazzled, Bedazzled
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    Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Jazz Pianists
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    Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has had ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Arranger, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Iron Giant, American Idol, Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich, The Godfather: Part III
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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Jazz Pianists
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    Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into the music he recorded for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1930-2004)
    • Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Ray, The Help, Inglourious Basterds, Inside Man
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    Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Jazz Pianists
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    Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1919-1965)
    • Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Catch Me If You Can, Watchmen, Groundhog Day, Raging Bull
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    Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Jazz Pianists
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    William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1904-1984)
    • Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Blazing Saddles, Cinderfella, Hit Parade of 1943, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Ella and Basie '79, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Count Basie Jam '75, + more
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    Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Jazz Pianists
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    Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward, and gained a national profile ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1899-1974)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Musician, Bandleader, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Anatomy of a Murder, Ă…dalen 31, Check and Double Check, Paris Blues, NET Playhouse, + more
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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: 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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    Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. Yet Mingus ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1922-1979)
    • Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Bassist, Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer
    • Credits: Shadows, All Night Long, Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968, Jazz Icons: Charles Mingus: Live in '64, Charles Mingus: Live at Montreux 1975

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