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
80 8
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

2
55 7
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

3
52 7
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

4
34 4
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

5
51 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
36 5
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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

8
62 23
Stan Kessler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Mainstream jazz, Jazz

9
30 5
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

10
30 6
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

11
31 7
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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
23 6
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
25 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
17 4
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Bebop

17
20 7
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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
25 13
Mort Weiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

21
15 4
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

22
16 5
Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

23
14 4
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

24
11 2
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Hard bop, Jazz

25
12 3
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

26
13 4
Tadd Dameron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time

27
14 5
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

28
15 6
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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

30
12 6
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

31
13 7
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

32
9 4
Lou Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

33
9 4
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

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
11 6
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

36
9 4
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

37
10 6
Scott LaFaro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

38
6 2
Johnny Griffin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Bebop

39
9 6
Stan Levey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
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
8 5
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

42
5 2
Hank Mobley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added 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
5 2
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

45
9 7
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

46
4 2
Phil Woods is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

47
3 1
Abdullah Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Folk music, Post-bop, Bebop

48
3 1
Jo Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

49
4 3
Wardell Gray is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bebop Artists of All Time
Swing music, Jazz, Bebop

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