Jazz The Best Bebop Artists of All Time  

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Bebop artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. This list of the top bebop musicians in history includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Bebop 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 bebop bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest bebop players of all time, since the most famous bebop artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best bebop music. You can click on the bebop band names to see more information about that particular notable bebop group. If they're near the top of the best bebop artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top bebop bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the bebop band names themselves. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top.  All important, significant and iconic names in bebop music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list. The list includes all new bebop bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of bebop, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into bebop 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 bebop bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent bebop bands.This list answers the questions "who are the best bebop artists of all time?" and "who is the greatest bebop 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 bebop players that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote. 

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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Charlie Parker Jazz, Bebop

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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

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Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Stan Kessler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Stan Kessler Brazilian jazz, Mainstream jazz, Jazz

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Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Dexter Gordon Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Charles Mingus Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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Sonny Stitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Sonny Stitt Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cannonball Adderley Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

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Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Coleman Hawkins Swing music, Bebop

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Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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Philly Joe Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Philly Joe Jones Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Sonny Rollins Hard bop, Jazz

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Roy Haynes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Roy Haynes Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
J. J. Johnson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Mort Weiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Mort Weiss Jazz, Bebop

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Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Art Pepper Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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14 3
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Kenny Dorham Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Tadd Dameron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time

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Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

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Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

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Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Kenny Burrell Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

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Percy Heath is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Percy Heath Cool jazz, Hard bop, Bebop

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Lou Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Lou Donaldson Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

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Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

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9 3
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Buddy Rich Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Scott LaFaro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Scott LaFaro Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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Johnny Griffin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Johnny Griffin Hard bop, Post-bop, Bebop

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Stan Levey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Stan Levey Jazz, Bebop

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Stanley Turrentine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Stanley Turrentine Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

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Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jackie McLean Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pedersen Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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Hank Mobley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Hank Mobley Jazz

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Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

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Phil Woods is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Phil Woods Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Jo Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jo Jones Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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Wardell Gray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Wardell Gray Swing music, Jazz, Bebop

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Slim Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Slim Gaillard Jazz, Bebop

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Howard McGhee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Howard McGhee Hard bop, Bebop