The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists

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Jazz musicians only.

This list of the greatest jazz bands of all time contains the best artists across the genre, with the order decided by actual fans. From newer jazz groups to old school musicians, this list serves as an accurate compilation of the top jazz performers and industry legends, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into jazz music.

From the names Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, to Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and of course, Duke Ellington, this article features the greats, aka every jazz trailblazer since the Roaring '20s. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jazz musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the singers' and instrumentalists' music (albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular or famous jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

Most divisive: Buddy Rich
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