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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.

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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)
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
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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 ...more

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Age: 77

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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#13 on The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

#5 on The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today

#4 on The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

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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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#2 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

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#2 on The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time

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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
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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 ...more

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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, + 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 ...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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#20 on The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

#13 on The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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