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Hard bop artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good hard bop bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top hard bop bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Hard bop groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all hard bop bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest hard bop bands of all time, since the most famous hard bop artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best hard bop music.

You can click on the hard bop band names to see more information about that particular notable hard bop group. If they're near the top of the best hard bop artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top hard bop bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the hard bop band names themselves.

This is a list that includes artists like Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Make sure to upvote the best teams/people, because they deserve it. Make sure you always vote for stuff like Miles Davis or Max Roach if you like it.

All important, significant and iconic names in hard bop music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new hard bop bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of hard bop, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into hard bop music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good hard bop bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent hard bop bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best hard bop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest hard bop musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular hard bop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Cannonball Adderley Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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Elvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Elvin Jones Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Dexter Gordon Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Bobby Timmons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Bobby Timmons Hard bop, Soul jazz

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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Grant Green Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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Harold Land is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Harold Land Hard bop, Bebop

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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Booker Ervin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Booker Ervin Hard bop

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Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jackie McLean Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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Booker Little is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Booker Little Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Philly Joe Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Philly Joe Jones Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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Cedar Walton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Cedar Walton Jazz-funk, Hard bop

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Nat Adderley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Nat Adderley Hard bop, Soul jazz

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McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Andrew Hill Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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Blue Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Blue Mitchell Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

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Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Art Pepper Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
J. J. Johnson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

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Benny Golson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Benny Golson Hard bop, Bebop

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Alan Barnes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Alan Barnes Hard bop, Bebop

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Alex Riel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Alex Riel Rock music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

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Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

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Stanley Turrentine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Stanley Turrentine Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

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Benny Bailey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Benny Bailey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Bernard Anderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Bernard Anderson Hard bop, Jazz

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Hampton Hawes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hampton Hawes Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Cecil Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands

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Bob Berg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Bob Berg Hard bop, Post-bop

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Chico Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Chico Hamilton Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Boogaloo

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Duke Pearson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Duke Pearson Sophisti-pop, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jimmy Smith Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Joey DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Joey DeFrancesco Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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Sonny Stitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Sonny Stitt Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Joe Farrell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Joe Farrell Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Joe Henderson Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

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Tina Brooks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Tina Brooks Hard bop

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Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Kenny Dorham Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop