bands/musicians The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time  

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List Rules The best jazz piano players in history. Vote up the greatest jazz musicians who play piano.

Imagine dancing to the sound of smooth, vibrant jazz music with a pianist pounding on the keys with all his might accompanied by a cello, trumpet, and trombone. The sound is unique and your feet start to move. When jazz music grew to popularity, there hadn't been anything like it before – it became the iconic sound of an era and is still popular today. The piano is an important part of jazz music, and some of the greatest jazz musicians played it. Who are the greatest jazz pianists of all time?
 
The musicians on this list are considered the all time greatest jazz pianists, and their legacies continue to influence the shape of jazz music to this day!
 
This list features the greatest jazz pianists of all time, ranked as the absolute best by music lovers. Vote up the best jazz piano players below and see where the pianists you think are the greatest rank!
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1,209 165
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

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2
981 213
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
378 157
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
374 159
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
759 447
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
392 208
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

7
269 128
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

8
284 139
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
360 195
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

10
404 225
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

11
207 93
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

12
324 175
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

13
516 307
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

14
361 202
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

15
159 65
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

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167 71
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

17
297 162
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

18
324 182
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

19
182 83
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

20
186 86
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

21
188 88
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

22
135 51
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

23
152 63
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

24
143 57
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

25
150 64
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

26
148 63
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

27
146 63
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

28
183 90
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

29
119 44
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

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137 58
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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139 64
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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133 62
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

33
128 59
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

34
239 146
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

35
106 50
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

36
150 85
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

37
316 221
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

38
144 87
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

39
100 51
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

40
74 33
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

41
201 140
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

42
168 116
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

43
53 19
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

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141 108
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

45
94 70
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

46
104 80
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

47
70 49
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

48
88 69
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cecil Taylor Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

49
71 53
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Andrew Hill Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

50
72 54
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop