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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529 15
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Stride, Jazz

2
499 86
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
280 127
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
265 143
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
317 196
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
141 70
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz, Bebop

7
260 158
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz, Bebop

8
172 98
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

9
60 13
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
82 30
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
184 109
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

12
146 84
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

13
137 77
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

14
134 76
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

15
177 114
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

16
58 30
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Jazz

17
66 40
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
53 30
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

19
38 16
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

20
132 105
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

21
80 59
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

22
99 81
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Post-bop, Jazz

23
114 96
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

24
39 23
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added

25
65 52
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hard bop, Bebop

26
118 106
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

27
38 31
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz

28
50 52
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

29
25 24
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

30
16 15
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

31
8 6
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

32
17 17
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

33
29 31
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

34
8 7
Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Reggae, Jazz

35
19 20
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

36
7 6
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
IliyanShmilev added Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

37
14 15
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Salsa music, Latin jazz

38
1 0
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
hermann.pohlabeln added Jazz

39
6 6
Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Film score

40
5 5
Marian Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petrescu

41
15 17
Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

42
4 4
Marian Petresc is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petresc

43
6 7
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
ERVRS added Jazz

44
0 0
Ivo Neame is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
fsgreww added Ivo Neame

45
0 0
Kenny Kirkland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
fsgreww added Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

46
0 0
Tigran Hamasyan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
fsgreww added Tigran Hamasyan Jazz

47
13 16
Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

48
8 10
Benito Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

49
6 9
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rock music, Jazz, Country

50
9 14
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion