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
498 13
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Stride, Jazz

2
479 70
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
256 112
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
256 114
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
299 168
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
172 83
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

7
245 133
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz, Bebop

8
61 15
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

9
154 85
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

10
166 94
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

11
115 62
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz, Bebop

12
125 76
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

13
113 69
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

14
113 70
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

15
29 6
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added Jazz - Amazingly talented. Should be Top 25.

16
42 21
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Jazz

17
54 33
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
39 21
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
89 69
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Post-bop, Jazz

20
68 49
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

21
102 86
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

22
29 14
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added

23
57 44
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hard bop, Bebop

24
25 12
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

25
110 98
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

26
106 96
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
30 27
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz

28
45 45
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

29
8 4
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

30
22 21
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

31
27 28
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

32
14 13
Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ture Herrgårdh added Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, gospel

33
18 18
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

34
6 4
Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Reggae, Jazz

35
5 3
Marian Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petrescu

36
15 15
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

37
4 3
Marian Petresc is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petresc

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

39
5 5
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
IliyanShmilev added Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

40
5 5
Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Film score

41
4 5
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
ERVRS added Jazz

42
13 16
Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz

43
12 15
Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

44
7 9
Benito Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

45
5 8
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rock music, Jazz, Country

46
9 13
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

47
10 15
Laurence Hobgood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Laurence Hobgood Jazz

48
1 4
Tony Marino is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tony Marino added Tony Marino

49
3 7
Moncef Genoud is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Moncef Genoud Jazz

50
10 16
Aaron Parks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World