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List of Famous Jazz Musicians

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List of famous jazz musicians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jazz musicians in the world? This includes the most prominent jazz musicians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable jazz musicians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jazz musicians 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 musicians.

List features John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known jazz musicians to the lesser known jazz musicians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jazz musician field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jazz musicians ever?" and "What are the names of famous jazz musicians?" then you're in the right place. (101 items)
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    Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects ...more

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    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Donnie Brasco, Zoolander, Office Space, Death Wish
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    John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
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    John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1926-1967)
    • Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Hamlet
    • Profession: Songwriter, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer
    • Credits: Malcolm X^! Zodiac^! Kids^! Vanilla Sky
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    John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)
    • Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Cheraw
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Stormy Weather, The Cool World, The Cosmic Eye, Jivin' in Be-Bop, My Universe Inside Out, + more
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    Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
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    Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," "Ruby, My Dear," "In Walked Bud," and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second-most recorded ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1917-1982)
    • Birthplace: Rocky Mount, USA, North Carolina
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Composer
    • Credits: Se7en^! American Hustle^! Die Hard: With a Vengeance^! The Score
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    Tom Noonan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
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    Tom Noonan is a film score composer, voice actor, film editor and producer. more

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    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Heat, RoboCop 2, Manhunter, The Monster Squad, Hell on Wheels, + more
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    Charles Lloyd is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the Hungarian tárogató. Lloyd's working band since 2007 features pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer ...more

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    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Flautist, Jazz Musician
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    Sheryl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
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    Sheryl Bailey is an American jazz guitarist and educator based in New York City. She has released six albums. more

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    • Age: 49
    • Profession: Guitarist, Teacher, Jazz Musician
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    Avery Brooks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
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    Avery Franklin Brooks is an American actor, director and occasional singer. Brooks is best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Hawk on Spenser for Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Bob Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film American ...more

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    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Evansville, USA, Indiana, Center Township
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Television director, Professor, Actor, Artistic Director, + more
    • Credits: American History X, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 15 Minutes, The Big Hit, Spenser: For Hire, + more
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