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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
567 18
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Stride, Jazz

2
515 100
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
294 158
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
290 163
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

5
213 124
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

6
286 182
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz, Bebop

7
156 83
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

8
341 225
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

9
88 32
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added Jazz -

Amazingly talented. Should be Top 25.

10
167 93
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

11
160 88
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz, Bebop

12
192 114
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

13
153 84
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

14
108 50
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

15
187 121
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

16
74 31
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Jazz

17
72 43
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

18
140 108
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

19
86 60
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

20
55 31
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

21
41 18
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

22
102 83
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Post-bop, Jazz

23
42 24
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added

24
116 100
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
123 108
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz