Musicians The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists  

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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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820 141
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stride, Jazz

2
733 174
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

3
685 243
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
496 407
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jazz, Bebop

5
565 525
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

6
629 552
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

7
570 468
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

8
582 202
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

9
494 500
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

10
467 131
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band

11
516 300
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

12
475 272
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

13
432 339
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

14
521 227
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Bebop

15
447 356
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

16
373 431
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

17
517 322
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

18
391 165
Ray Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Jazz

19
445 230
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

20
330 310
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

21
295 176
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Zaliste added Jazz, Bebop

22
399 183
Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists

23
424 200
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
360 270
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

25
296 296
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music