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The Best Jazz Pianists in the World  

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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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Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hard bop, Bebop
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Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz
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Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music
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Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Reggae, Jazz
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Tigran Hamasyan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
fsgreww added Tigran Hamasyan Jazz
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Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
IliyanShmilev added Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
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Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz
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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz
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Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Film score
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Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ture Herrgårdh added Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, gospel
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Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Salsa music, Latin jazz
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Kenny Kirkland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
fsgreww added Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz
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Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues
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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova
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Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
ERVRS added Jazz
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Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rock music, Jazz, Country
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Alan Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
bnharrington added Jazz
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Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
hermann.pohlabeln added Jazz
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Keiko Matsui is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
New Age music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion
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Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Marian Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petrescu
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Robert Glasper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rhythm and blues
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Ivo Neame is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
fsgreww added Ivo Neame