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

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420 70
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

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223 90
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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218 91
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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266 131
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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215 101
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

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135 61
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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134 69
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

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87 40
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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83 38
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

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84 41
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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94 52
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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111 66
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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67 33
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

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94 55
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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83 51
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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89 60
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

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44 22
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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27 10
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

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23 11
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Wynton Kelly Jazz

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17 8
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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13 5
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

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26 20
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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18 12
Lyle Mays is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Lyle Mays Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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12 7
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
John Lewis Jazz

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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Diana Krall Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

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5 0
Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Monty Alexander Reggae, Jazz

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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4 0
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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14 11
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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17 15
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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6 3
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Gene Harris Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

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9 7
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Marcus Roberts Jazz

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5 3
Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Martial Solal Film score

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3 1
Marian Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petrescu

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10 9
Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ture Herrgårdh added Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, gospel

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2 1
Marian Petresc is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petresc

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2 1
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added Eldar Djangirov Jazz - Amazingly talented. Should be Top 25.

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13 14
Vijay Iyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Vijay Iyer Jazz

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13 14
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Eddie Palmieri Salsa music, Latin jazz

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5 5
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
IliyanShmilev added Mal Waldron Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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7 8
Benito Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

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12 14
Tord Gustavsen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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2 3
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
ERVRS added Eliane Elias Jazz

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5 7
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
LaurellLynne added Rick DePiro Rock music, Jazz, Country

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1 3
Tony Marino is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tony Marino added Tony Marino

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17 23
Robert Glasper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Robert Glasper Hip hop music, Neo soul, Rhythm and blues

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3 7
Moncef Genoud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Moncef Genoud Jazz

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6 11
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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9 15
Laurence Hobgood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Laurence Hobgood Jazz