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Best Trad Jazz Artists

Trad jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. While the term "trad jazz" is somewhat fungible, for purposes of this list we are referring to the UK-based jazz movement of the 50s and 60s that was heavily influenced by New Orleans and Dixieland jazz. This list of good trad jazz bands tends to thus be very UK-centric. These top trad jazz 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 trad jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest trad jazz bands of all time, since the order is decided by actual fans of the best trad jazz music.

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

Artists here include everything from Ivor Cutler to Buddy Bolden. Voting for your favorites gets them to rise to the top. Always vote for talents like Evan Christopher or Acker Bilk if you like them.

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

We hope you find this list both an accurate compilation of the best examples of trad jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into trad jazz 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 trad jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent trad jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best trad jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest trad jazz 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 trad jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.


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    The Complete Decca Sessions 1954/55, High Society, The Best of Chris ...

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    32 Golden Hits, A Love Album for the Nineties, Lansdowne Folio

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    Ottilie's Irish Night, The Classic Concerts 1959/1961, Ottilie Patterson ...

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    Laughing at Life, Just the Two of Us, East Coast Jazz - 5

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    Greatest Hits

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    Trouble in Mind, The Best of Humphrey Lyttleton, Classic Years

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    Delta Bound, Django à la Créole

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    Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band Live at the BP Studienhaus

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    An Elpee and Two Epees, A Flat Man, Ludo

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