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There are few things better than listening to an amazing jazz pianist blowing it out of the water. Their improvisation skills and ability to play intricate syncopations are simply captivating. This list of the best jazz pianists in the world boasts the giants of the industry, the best of the best. Who are the best jazz pianists today?

Whether you recognize the names on this list or not, these are some of the most esteemed people in the music industry today and in good company among many other famous jazz pianists. This list is votable and rerankable. Feel free to add anyone who isn't already on this list, but just make sure that he or she is a living, jazz pianists. 

 
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
380 64
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
206 76
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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200 79
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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240 111
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
191 90
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

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118 61
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

8
112 59
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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100 59
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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80 44
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

11
65 32
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

12
64 32
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

13
75 41
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

14
69 40
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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57 30
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

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80 50
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

17
68 41
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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36 17
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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29 15
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

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21 8
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

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21 8
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Wynton Kelly Jazz

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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10 4
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

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12 7
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
John Lewis Jazz

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24 20
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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9 5
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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15 12
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Lyle Mays Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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16 15
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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12 11
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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4 2
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Gene Harris Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

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10 9
Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ture Herrgårdh added Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, gospel

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13 13
Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Vijay Iyer Jazz

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7 7
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Marcus Roberts Jazz

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2 2
Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Martial Solal Film score

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7 8
Benito Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

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12 14
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Eddie Palmieri Salsa music, Latin jazz

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11 13
Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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0 0
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added Eldar Djangirov Jazz - Amazingly talented. Should be Top 25.

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25 30
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Diana Krall Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

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4 5
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
IliyanShmilev added Mal Waldron Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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0 1
Tony Marino is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tony Marino added Tony Marino

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17 22
Robert Glasper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Robert Glasper Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rhythm and blues

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5 8
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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4 7
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rick DePiro Rock music, Jazz, Country

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0 3
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
ERVRS added Eliane Elias Jazz

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9 15
Laurence Hobgood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Laurence Hobgood Jazz

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11 18
Mike Longo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
DorothyDavisLongo added Mike Longo

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2 7
Moncef Genoud is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Moncef Genoud Jazz

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2 7
Hermeto Pascoal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Hermeto Pascoal Forró, Jazz

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9 16
Aaron Parks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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1 6
Soul Basement is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
mayanyc added Soul Basement Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock