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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461 13
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
439 70
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
235 95
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

4
229 98
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
228 109
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

6
281 142
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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153 63
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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147 77
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

9
97 43
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

10
99 45
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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132 70
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

12
99 46
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

13
106 61
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

14
98 55
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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56 26
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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77 44
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

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49 21
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

18
103 69
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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100 67
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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35 16
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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25 10
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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18 7
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Marcus Roberts Jazz

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18 9
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 23 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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24 19
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Wynton Kelly Jazz

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8 2
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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38 35
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Diana Krall Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

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18 15
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Lyle Mays Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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27 25
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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15 12
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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12 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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12 9
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
John Lewis Jazz

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18 16
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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6 3
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Gene Harris Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

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5 2
Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Monty Alexander Reggae, Jazz

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4 1
Marian Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petrescu

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5 3
Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Martial Solal Film score

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3 1
Marian Petresc is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petresc

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3 1
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 38 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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13 14
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Eddie Palmieri Salsa music, Latin jazz

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5 5
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 40 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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3 3
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
ERVRS added Eliane Elias Jazz

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13 15
Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Vijay Iyer Jazz

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7 8
Benito Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

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12 14
Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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5 7
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rick DePiro Rock music, Jazz, Country

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1 3
Tony Marino is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tony Marino added Tony Marino

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17 23
Robert Glasper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Robert Glasper Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rhythm and blues

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3 7
Moncef Genoud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Moncef Genoud Jazz

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9 15
Laurence Hobgood is listed (or ranked) 49 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) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
DorothyDavisLongo added Mike Longo