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List Rules Only artists who are known primarily as jazz musicians

Jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good jazz bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. If available, you can also see information about where all jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest jazz bands of all time, since the most famous jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best jazz music. You can click on the jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable jazz group. If they're near the top of the best jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the jazz band names themselves. Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list Make sure to upvote your favorite artists to see them get to the top of the list. Are you one of those people that doesn't like Thelonious Monk or Duke Ellington? Then vote those things down to have your voice heard.All important, significant and iconic names in jazz music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list. The list includes all new jazz 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 jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into jazz 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 jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent jazz bands.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 band's music instead of just voting for the most popular jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.Don't forget to share this list on your social networks so that more great artists can hit the top ranks. (230 items)
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

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483 83
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Joe Pass Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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447 102
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Buddy Rich Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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313 246
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Charlie Parker Jazz, Bebop

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363 153
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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355 122
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Coleman Hawkins Swing music, Bebop

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338 279
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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318 317
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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256 220
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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362 327
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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331 132
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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250 221
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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336 313
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

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229 87
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Lionel Hampton Swing music, Big band

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340 196
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

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249 200
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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214 99
Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Max Roach Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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215 76
Ray Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Ray Brown Jazz

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277 138
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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256 100
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Cannonball Adderley Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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238 91
Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists

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286 152
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Charles Mingus Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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228 86
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dexter Gordon Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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170 73
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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219 83
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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177 196
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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219 85
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Sonny Rollins Hard bop, Jazz

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211 130
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stan Getz Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz

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195 70
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added Ron Carter Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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159 175
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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190 116
Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ornette Coleman Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free funk

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177 132
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Chet Baker West Coast jazz

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228 256
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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182 83
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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178 202
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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200 77
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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148 86
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

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197 103
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

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255 77
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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200 99
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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194 188
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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91 114
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dinah Washington Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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132 110
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

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131 108
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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169 155
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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142 100
Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Paul Desmond Cool jazz, West Coast jazz

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184 171
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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120 65
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

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166 101
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
ulicain added Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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107 77
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop