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

2
463 355
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

3
396 272
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Charlie Parker Jazz, Bebop

4
521 166
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Buddy Rich Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
509 392
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

6
425 180
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

7
455 334
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

8
556 136
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Joe Pass Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
418 369
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

10
398 168
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Coleman Hawkins Swing music, Bebop

11
412 174
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

12
304 289
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

13
328 278
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

14
311 273
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists

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301 110
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Lionel Hampton Swing music, Big band

16
372 191
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Charles Mingus Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

17
326 227
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

18
241 168
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Chet Baker West Coast jazz

19
289 198
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

20
397 250
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

21
320 133
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Cannonball Adderley Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

The Best Frozen Food Brands

22
265 187
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

23
279 165
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stan Getz Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz

24
285 116
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Sonny Rollins Hard bop, Jazz

25
332 95
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

26
297 124
Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists

27
226 225
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

28
281 116
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

Singers & Musicians Who Are Bisexual

29
269 137
Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Max Roach Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

30
270 112
Ray Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Ray Brown Jazz

31
331 176
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

32
277 119
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dexter Gordon Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

33
253 129
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

34
217 106
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
197 117
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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218 231
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

37
256 111
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

38
191 205
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz

39
186 124
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

40
158 81
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

41
222 159
Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ornette Coleman Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free funk

42
218 124
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

24 Musicians Against Spotify & Other Streaming Services

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240 179
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

44
164 93
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

45
219 118
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added Ron Carter Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

46
236 135
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
slaft added Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

47
108 130
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Dinah Washington Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

48
200 126
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
ulicain added Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

49
98 62
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

50
162 143
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz