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
620 18
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Stride, Jazz

2
550 135
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
318 200
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
316 205
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
146 75
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

6
124 58
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added Jazz

Amazingly talented. Should be Top 25.

7
180 103
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

8
373 258
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
316 213
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz, Bebop

10
232 147
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

11
100 43
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Jazz

12
223 142
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

13
180 108
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz, Bebop

14
181 112
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

15
172 105
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

16
208 135
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

17
109 66
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

18
90 50
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
57 22
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

20
70 37
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
160 125
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

22
84 57
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hard bop, Bebop

23
114 90
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Post-bop, Jazz

24
50 30
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added

25
130 110
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop