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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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
+ - 869 207
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
+ - 306 122
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
+ - 328 135
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

5
+ - 265 103
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

6
+ - 701 401
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

7
+ - 341 172
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

8
+ - 358 183
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

9
+ - 338 173
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

10
+ - 169 65
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

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+ - 221 100
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

12
+ - 192 81
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

13
+ - 149 54
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

14
+ - 157 60
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

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+ - 346 187
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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+ - 147 54
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

17
+ - 144 52
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

18
+ - 149 56
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

19
+ - 131 44
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

20
+ - 138 50
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

21
+ - 308 168
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

22
+ - 289 155
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

23
+ - 118 38
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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+ - 175 78
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

25
+ - 179 83
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

26
+ - 308 175
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

27
+ - 491 304
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

28
+ - 135 54
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

29
+ - 142 60
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

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+ - 178 87
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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+ - 138 60
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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+ - 127 56
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

33
+ - 131 59
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

34
+ - 105 46
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

35
+ - 147 80
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

36
+ - 227 146
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

37
+ - 99 47
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

38
+ - 74 30
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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+ - 138 82
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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+ - 302 219
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

41
+ - 51 16
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

42
+ - 195 139
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

43
+ - 162 114
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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+ - 136 104
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

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+ - 67 44
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Sample Jazz

46
+ - 100 76
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
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop

48
+ - 119 96
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lyle Mays Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

49
+ - 87 66
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

50
+ - 70 51
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Andrew Hill Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz