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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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414 13
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
393 64
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
207 77
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

4
200 80
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
250 112
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

6
191 92
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

7
120 63
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

8
113 60
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

9
83 42
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

10
88 46
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

11
104 60
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

12
70 34
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

13
88 52
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

14
64 33
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

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71 41
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

16
59 31
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

17
74 45
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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39 17
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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23 8
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 19 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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30 15
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

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22 8
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Wynton Kelly Jazz

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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12 5
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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11 4
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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25 20
Danilo Pérez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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17 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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14 11
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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31 30
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Diana Krall Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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17 15
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

30
3 0
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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5 3
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
spire2001 added Gene Harris Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

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3 1
Marian Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 32 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) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Ture Herrgårdh added Cory Henry, Jazz, jazzfusion, gospel

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8 7
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Marcus Roberts Jazz

35
4 3
Martial Solal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Martial Solal Film score

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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2 1
Marian Petresc is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added Marian Petresc

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1 0
Monty Alexander is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Monty Alexander Reggae, Jazz

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

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

40
5 5
Mal Waldron is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Music4life added Benito Gonzalez Jazz strait-ahead

42
1 1
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 42 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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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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6 9
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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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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0 3
Tony Marino is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Tony Marino added Tony Marino

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

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