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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.

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780 141
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stride, Jazz

2
655 229
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

3
700 169
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

4
546 496
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

5
478 388
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jazz, Bebop

6
611 523
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

7
555 443
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

8
551 198
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

9
482 492
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

10
435 129
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band

11
499 279
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

12
493 220
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Bebop

13
443 268
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

14
407 327
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

15
423 343
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

16
362 404
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

17
497 303
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

18
320 286
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

19
368 153
Ray Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Jazz

20
419 222
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

21
369 168
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz

22
427 144
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

23
276 162
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Jazz, Bebop

24
282 166
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Big band

25
362 165
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

26
370 276
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

27
373 174
Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists

28
400 191
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

29
287 283
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

30
341 256
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

31
259 256
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

32
342 191
Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

33
295 157
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

34
418 293
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

35
303 168
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

36
328 227
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

37
310 150
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

38
318 185
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

39
330 165
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

40
240 131
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

41
332 235
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz

42
336 176
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

43
289 145
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
ulicain added Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

44
229 136
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

45
269 268
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added West Coast jazz

46
155 155
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

47
76 27
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists

48
177 93
Paul Chambers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

49
240 172
Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Cool jazz, West Coast jazz

50
227 189
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band, Jazz