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List of Famous Jazz Composers

List of famous jazz composers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jazz composers in the world? This includes the most prominent jazz composers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable jazz composers is in alphabetical order and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jazz composers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned jazz composers.

List features people like Max Roach, John Coltrane and more!

From reputable, prominent, and well known jazz composers to the lesser known jazz composers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jazz composer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jazz composers ever?" and "What are the names of famous jazz composers?" then you're in the right place. (17 items)

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    Age: Died at 75 (1899-1974)
    Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Musician, Bandleader, Lyricist + 2 more
    Institution: Armstrong High School
    Height: 6'0"
    Cause Of Death: Lung cancer, Pneumonia
    Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Age: 75
    Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician + 6 more
    Institution: Grinnell College, Manhattan School of Music
    Major/Field Of Study: music and electrical engineering
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    Age: Died at 41 (1926-1967)
    Birthplace: Hamlet, North Carolina, United States of America
    Profession: Songwriter, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer
    Institution: William Penn High School, Granoff School of Music
    Height: 5'8"
    Cause Of Death: Liver tumour
    Place Of Death: Huntington, New York, United States of America
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    Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)
    Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Composer + 2 more
    Cause Of Death: Pancreatic cancer
    Place Of Death: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
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    Age: Died at 83 (1924-2007)
    Birthplace: Newland, North Carolina, United States of America
    Profession: Educator, Musician, Drummer, Composer, Percussionist
    Institution: Manhattan School of Music
    Place Of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Age: 70
    Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    Profession: Performer, Professor, Musician, Bandleader, Jazz Composer + 1 more
    Institution: Roosevelt University
    Major/Field Of Study: Philosophy
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