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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1
83 8
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

2
59 7
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

3
55 7
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

4
36 4
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

5
55 10
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

6
47 9
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

7
39 6
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

8
62 24
Stan Kessler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Mainstream jazz, Jazz

9
31 5
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

10
33 7
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

11
32 7
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

12
23 4
Sonny Stitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

13
25 6
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
27 8
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

15
20 4
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

16
21 7
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

17
17 4
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Bebop

18
17 5
Philly Joe Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

19
14 3
Roy Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

20
15 4
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

21
17 6
Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

22
12 2
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Hard bop, Jazz

23
13 3
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

24
14 4
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

25
15 5
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

26
16 6
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

27
25 15
Mort Weiss is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

28
13 4
Tadd Dameron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time

29
11 4
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

30
14 7
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

31
10 4
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

32
12 6
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

33
7 2
Johnny Griffin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Bebop

34
8 3
Percy Heath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Bebop

35
9 4
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

36
9 4
Lou Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

37
11 7
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

38
9 5
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

39
10 7
Scott LaFaro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

40
8 5
Stanley Turrentine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

41
5 2
Hank Mobley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Jazz

42
5 2
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

43
5 2
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

44
9 7
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

45
9 7
Stan Levey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

46
5 3
Wardell Gray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Jazz, Bebop

47
3 1
Jo Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

48
3 1
Abdullah Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Folk music, Post-bop, Bebop

49
3 1
Carmen McRae is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Ballad, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

50
4 3
Slim Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop