bands/musicians The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time  

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When jazz took the stage it forever changed the world of music. Jazz is infused into almost all genres of music, even subtly. Mastering any kind of guitar is hard enough, but mastering jazz guitar takes even more skill. Who are the greatest jazz guitarists of all time? 
 
The talented musicians on this list are known for being the all time greatest when it comes to jazz guitar. This includes musicians who are both living and dead. Many of these musicians also branched out into other genres of music, including rock and country.
 
This list features the all time greatest jazz guitarists, ranked by the community's votes, and includes Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, and Joe Pass. Vote up the best jazz guitarists in history below, or add someone you think is great if he or she isn't already on the list.
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437 105
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Joe Pass Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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2
393 137
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

3
251 75
Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Barney Kessel Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music

4
475 183
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

5
151 62
Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Herb Ellis Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz

6
193 92
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kenny Burrell Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

7
320 171
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

8
167 76
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
220 109
Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Les Paul Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

10
195 94
Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jim Hall Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

11
302 161
Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Metheny Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music

12
188 90
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Grant Green Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

13
142 62
Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Martino Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

14
140 61
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Scofield Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

15
197 98
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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16
117 53
Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Allan Holdsworth Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
91 38
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Tal Farlow Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

18
156 85
Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Al Di Meola Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

19
84 37
Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Coryell Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

20
53 15
Freddie Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Freddie Green

21
109 56
Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Carlton Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz

22
134 77
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Chet Atkins Folk music, Jazz, Country

23
59 23
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
BlairClark added Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

24
83 41
Stanley Jordan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Stanley Jordan Jazz fusion, Jazz

25
65 29
Gábor Szabó is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Gábor Szabó Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

26
63 29
Lenny Breau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lenny Breau Flamenco, Classical music, Jazz

27
64 30
John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Abercrombie Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop

28
74 38
Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Paco de Lucía Flamenco, World music, Classical music

29
71 36
Johnny Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Johnny Smith Cool jazz

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30
81 45
Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Bill Frisell Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock

31
114 72
Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lee Ritenour Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

32
46 21
Bucky Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Bucky Pizzarelli Swing music, Big band, Jazz

33
63 36
Mike Stern is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Mike Stern Rock music, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

34
44 21
Eddie Lang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Eddie Lang Jazz

35
50 27
Biréli Lagrène is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Biréli Lagrène Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

36
25 6
Kurt Rosenwinkel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Frano Frano added Kurt Rosenwinkel Jazz

37
41 21
John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added John Pizzarelli Swing music, Jazz

38
43 23
George Van Eps is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

39
87 61
Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

40
111 82
Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
DarrelSewell added Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

41
65 45
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
tony-c- added Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

42
21 6
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
LaphaetonZ added Laurindo Almeida Jazz, Bossa nova

43
33 17
Ted Greene is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Ted Greene Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz

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44
18 4
Emily Remler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Nicty added Emily Remler Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

45
31 16
Eric Gale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Eric Gale Pop music, Jazz

46
37 23
Lonnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lonnie Johnson St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

47
53 38
Robben Ford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Robben Ford Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

48
30 17
Jimmy Raney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jimmy Raney Cool jazz, Hard bop

49
36 23
Sonny Sharrock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

50
32 20
Jimmy Bruno is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time