music The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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While there are many fantastic jazz-funk artists, some are just better than others. This list is designed to let the fans of jazz-funk separate the absolute best jazz-funk bands and groups from all of the rest. Jazz-funk is a subgene of jazz that’s known for it’s strong, funky groove and focus on instrumentation. George Benson and George Duke are classic examples of the genre, but are they the top jazz funk fusion artists of all time? 


This list of the top jazz-funk bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Jazz-funk artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. Jazz-funk groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. These are truly the greatest and funkiest jazz-funk bands of all time, since the most famous jazz-funk artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best jazz-funk music.

You can click on the jazz-funk band names to see more information about that particular notable jazz-funk group. All the top jazz-funk bands named on the list also have songs and albums listed on their pages if you click on the jazz-funk band names themselves.

A list made up of genre-bending artists like Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorious. Vote for the best artists, in your opinion, by clicking the thumbs up button. Vote down the acts that can't bring the funk. Which of these artists belongs at the top of the list? Galactic? Billy Cobham? All important, significant, and iconic names in jazz-funk music history deserve your votes, so choose wisely. 
 
The list should include all modern and new jazz-funk bands, so if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. This list has the best examples of jazz-funk, and can be a good place to start if you wondering how to get into jazz-funk music. The bands at the top of the list will be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good jazz-funk bands with which to start out. This list answers the questions "who are the best jazz-funk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jazz-funk musician ever?"
 
Whether you’re a jazz-funk expert or a new fan of jazz-funk music, please vote for the best jazz-funk bands - not just the most popular jazz-funk bands that you never actually listened to. 

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George Benson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Incognito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Incognito Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

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Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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Fake Flowers Real Dirt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Fake Flowers Real Dirt In the steamy basement of an otherwise unremarkable house in Baltimore, "Fake Flowers Real Dirt" forges their mix of genres from the funk/dope characteristic (e.g. funk, hip-hop): driving skank reggae moves to frenetic ...

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Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Roy Ayers Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

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Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Billy Cobham Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

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Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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Lonnie Liston Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Lonnie Liston Smith Kozmigroov, Jazz, Soul music

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Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Victor Wooten Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Marcus Miller Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
The Brecker Brothers Jazz fusion

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Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Camera Soul CAMERA SOUL is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music (Verona) and released and marketed in the Americas by Kathryn Ballard Shut of TIMKAT Entertainment (Denver, Colorado). Inspired by legendary ...

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Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jimmy Smith Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
John Scofield Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Lee Ritenour Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

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Ronnie Laws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Ronnie Laws Jazz, Blues, Funk

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Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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Azymuth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Azymuth Samba, Jazz, Funk

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Charles Earland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Charles Earland Kozmigroov

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Eddie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Eddie Henderson Kozmigroov

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Miroslav Vitouš is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Miroslav Vitouš Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Johnny
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Hard bop, Soul jazz

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Tom Scott & the L.A. Express is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Bobbi Humphrey Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Joe Farrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Joe Farrell Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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The Mizell Brothers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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Pleasure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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The Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
The Headhunters Kozmigroov, Jazz

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The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
The Average White Band Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

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Soulive is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Soulive Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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Gary Bartz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Gary Bartz Free funk, Post-bop, Jazz

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Groove Collective is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Groove Collective Acid jazz, Jazz

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Idris Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Idris Muhammad Hard bop, Jazz, Soul music

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Electro Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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The New Mastersounds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
The New Mastersounds Jazz fusion, Funk

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Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Lettuce Jam band, Funk

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Galactic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Galactic Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk

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Down to the Bone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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Candy Dulfer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Candy Dulfer Nu jazz, Smooth jazz, Funk

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The Soul Rebels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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Jeff Golub is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jeff Golub Rock music, Jazz, Blues

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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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Funky Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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Pierre Moerlen's Gong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Pierre Moerlen's Gong Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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Jon Cleary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jon Cleary Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Courtney Pine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbat... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats Jazz-funk, Punk jazz, Funk rock

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Roger Glenn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists