Bands/Musicians Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster

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List of Prestige Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Prestige Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Prestige Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Prestige Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Prestige Records.

Miles Davis and George Benson are included on this list along with many more.

This page can help answer questions like, "Who are the best Prestige Records bands?" and "Which artists are signed by Prestige Records?"

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Ahmed Abdul-Malik is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Ahmed Abdul-Malik Jazz Ahmed Abdul-Malik was a jazz double bassist and oud player.

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Baby Tate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Baby Tate Piedmont blues, Country blues Baby Tate was an American Piedmont blues guitarist, who in a sporadic career spanning five decades, worked variously with guitarists Blind Boy Fuller and Pink Anderson, as well as harmonica ...more

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Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop Barry Doyle Harris is an American bebop jazz pianist and educator.

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Betty Roché is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Betty Roché Jazz Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Roché was an American blues singer who became most famous with her cover of the song "Take the "A" Train". She recorded with the Savoy ...more

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Big Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Big Joe Williams Delta blues Joseph Lee Williams, billed throughout his career as Big Joe Williams, was an American Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. ...more

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Booker Ervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Booker Ervin Hard bop Booker Telleferro Ervin II was an American tenor saxophone player. His tenor playing was characterised by a strong, tough sound and blues/gospel phrasing. He is best known for his association ...more

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Cal Lampley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Cal Lampley Jazz Cal Lampley was an American composer and record producer. He was the second child of Hettie Marina and William Lorenzo Lampley, and had a brother named William Elwood. He graduated with a B.S. ...more

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Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Cannonball Adderley Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. Adderley is remembered for his 1966 single "Mercy Mercy Mercy", a ...more

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Carmell Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Carmell Jones Hard bop, Jazz Carmell Jones was an American jazz trumpet player.

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Charles McPherson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Charles McPherson Jazz Charles McPherson is an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Joplin, Missouri, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, most notable for his work from 1960 to 1972 with Charles Mingus. McPherson also ...more

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Charles River Valley Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Charles River Valley Boys Bluegrass, Country The Charles River Valley Boys were an American bluegrass group who toured and recorded in the 1960s and were best known for their 1966 album, Beatle Country, presenting bluegrass versions of ...more

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Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz Clark Terry was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee. He played with Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke ...more

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Claytoven Richardson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Claytoven Richardson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz Claytoven Richardson is an American singer, instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and author.

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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop Curtis DuBois Fuller is an American jazz trombonist, known as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and contributor to many classic jazz recordings.

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Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Dexter Gordon Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz Dexter Gordon was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud ...more

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Doug Watkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Doug Watkins Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop Douglas Watkins was an American hard bop jazz double bassist from Detroit.

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Swing music, Jazz, Bebop Edward Davis, who performed and recorded as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

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Eddie Chamblee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Eddie Chamblee Rhythm and blues, Jazz Eddie Chamblee is a saxophonist.

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Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet, and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several ...more

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Eric Von Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Eric Von Schmidt Folk music, Blues Eric Von Schmidt was an American singer-songwriter and Grammy Award recipient. He was associated with the folk/blues revival of the 1960s and a key part of the East Coast folk music scene that ...more

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll Etta James was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with ...more

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Funk Inc. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Funk Inc. Jazz-funk, Soul music, Soul jazz Funk, Inc. was a jazz funk/soul jazz group founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1969 by Bobby Watley, Eugene Barr, Steve Weakley, Jimmy Munford and Cecil Hunt. During the 1970s they were signed ...more

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George Benson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz George Benson is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a ...more

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Gil Evans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Gil Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz fusion Ian Ernest Gilmore "Gil" Evans was a Canadian jazz pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader. He played an important role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz and ...more

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Hank Mobley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Hank Mobley Jazz Henry "Hank" Mobley was an American hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather as the "middleweight champion of the tenor ...more

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Houston Person is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Houston Person Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz Houston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in ...more

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Illinois Jacquet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Illinois Jacquet Jump blues, Swing music, Bebop Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, best remembered for his solo on "Flying Home", critically recognized as the first R&B saxophone solo. ...more

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Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Jack DeJohnette Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music Jack DeJohnette is an American jazz drummer, pianist, and composer. An important figure of the fusion era of jazz, DeJohnette is one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, ...more

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Jack McDuff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Jack McDuff Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues "Brother" Jack McDuff was an American jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who was most prominent during the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s, often performing with an organ ...more

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Jaki Byard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Jaki Byard John Arthur "Jaki" Byard was an American jazz pianist, composer and arranger who also played tenor and alto saxophones, among several other instruments. He was known for his eclectic ...more

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Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Jean-Luc Ponty Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop Jean-Luc Ponty is a French virtuoso violinist and jazz composer.

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop 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 ...more

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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Kenny Burrell Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues Kenneth Earl "Kenny" Burrell is an American jazz guitarist known for his collaborations with Jimmy Smith, including the 1965 Billboard Top Twenty hit album Organ Grinder Swing. He has ...more

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King Curtis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
King Curtis Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz Curtis Ousley, who performed under the stage name King Curtis, was an American saxophone virtuoso known for rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk and soul jazz. Variously a ...more

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Lightnin' Hopkins Electric blues, Country blues Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included ...more

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Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Mal Waldron Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop Malcolm Earl "Mal" Waldron was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. He started playing professionally in New York in 1950, after graduating from university. In the ...more

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Melvin Sparks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Melvin Sparks Hard bop, Soul jazz Melvin Sparks was an American soul jazz, hard bop and jazz blues guitarist. He recorded a number of albums for Prestige Records, later recording for Savant Records. He appeared on several ...more

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, together ...more

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Milford Graves is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Milford Graves Avant-garde jazz, World music, Jazz Milford Graves is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, most noteworthy for his early avant-garde contributions in the early 1960s with Paul Bley and the New York Art Quartet alongside ...more

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Milt Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Milt Jackson Hard bop, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz Milton "Bags" Jackson was an American jazz vibraphonist, usually thought of as a bebop player, although he performed in several jazz idioms. He is especially remembered for his cool ...more

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Modern Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Modern Jazz Quartet Jazz The Modern Jazz Quartet was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played a style of jazz influenced by classical music, cool jazz, blues and bebop. The band performed over a forty-year span with ...more

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Oliver Nelson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Oliver Nelson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop Oliver Edward Nelson was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He is perhaps best remembered for his groundbreaking 1961 Impulse! album The Blues and the ...more

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Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Pat Martino Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop Pat Martino is an Italian-American jazz guitarist and composer within the post-bop, fusion, mainstream jazz and soul jazz idioms.

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Patrice Rushen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Patrice Rushen Urban contemporary, New Wave, Jazz-funk Patrice Louise Rushen is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy ...more

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Paul Chambers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Paul Chambers Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers, Jr. was a jazz double bassist. A fixture of rhythm sections during the 1950s and 1960s, his importance in the development of jazz bass can be measured not only by ...more

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Pepper Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Pepper Adams Hard bop, Big band, Jazz Park Frederick "Pepper" Adams III was an American jazz baritone saxophonist and composer. He composed 43 pieces, was the leader on eighteen albums spanning 28 years, and participated ...more

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop Rahsaan Roland Kirk was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso ...more

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Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Ron Carter Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream Ron Carter is an American jazz double-bassist. His appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist who has ...more

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Shirley Scott is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Shirley Scott Hard bop, Bebop, Soul jazz Shirley Scott was an American hard bop and soul-jazz organist. She was best known for working with her husband, Stanley Turrentine, and with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, both saxophonists. ...more

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Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Prestige Records Complete Artist Roster
Sonny Rollins Hard bop, Jazz Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. A number of his ...more