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The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists  

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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.

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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Stride, Jazz
2
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band, Jazz
3
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz
4
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
5
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band
6
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band
7
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jazz, Bebop
8
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music
9
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz
10
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
11
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop
12
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz
13
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk
14
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
15
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
16
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Bebop
17
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Ferry73 added Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz
18
Ben Webster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Joshua Kennedy added Jazz
19
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Hard bop, Jazz
20
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Swing music, Big band, Jazz
21
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues
22
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz
23
Ray Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
looksharp added Jazz
24
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz
25
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jazz Musicians & Artists
Swing music, Big band