Jazz 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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1
501 14
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Stride, Jazz

2
484 73
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
260 118
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
257 119
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
304 173
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
177 86
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

7
248 138
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz, Bebop

8
160 86
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

9
169 98
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

10
65 19
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

11
120 65
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz, Bebop

12
128 78
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

13
118 72
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

14
114 74
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

15
35 7
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added Jazz -

Amazingly talented. Should be Top 25.

16
46 24
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Jazz

17
44 23
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

18
57 36
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

19
93 73
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Post-bop, Jazz

20
70 53
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

21
33 17
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added

22
115 100
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

23
111 98
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

24
103 90
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

25
27 15
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

26
59 48
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hard bop, Bebop

27
31 28
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz

28
47 46
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

29
28 28
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

30
8 5
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

31
16 15
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

32
22 22
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

33
14 14
Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ture Herrgårdh added Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, gospel

34
14 14
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Salsa music, Latin jazz

35
18 19
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

36
6 5
Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Reggae, Jazz

37
5 4
Marian Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petrescu

38
4 4
Marian Petresc is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petresc

39
5 6
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
IliyanShmilev added Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

40
5 6
Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Film score

41
13 16
Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

42
8 10
Benito Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

43
13 17
Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

44
4 6
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
ERVRS added Jazz

45
9 14
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

46
5 9
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rock music, Jazz, Country

47
10 16
Laurence Hobgood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Laurence Hobgood Jazz

48
1 5
Tony Marino is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tony Marino added Tony Marino

49
3 8
Hermeto Pascoal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Forró, Jazz

50
3 8
Moncef Genoud is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Moncef Genoud Jazz