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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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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz
2
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
3
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
4
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
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added Jazz

Amazingly talented. Should be Top 25.

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George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz
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Benny Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
KenBlackman added
8
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop
9
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz, Bebop
10
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop
11
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop
12
Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Reggae, Jazz
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Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz, Bebop
14
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hard bop, Bebop
15
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Jazz
16
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz
17
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro
20
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz
21
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added
22
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion
23
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop
24
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop
25
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz