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
627 20
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Stride, Jazz
2
572 150
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
3
400 228
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
4
390 243
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
196 100
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.

6
162 81
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added Jazz
7
206 118
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
slaft added Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz
8
342 249
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Jazz, Bebop
9
393 295
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop
10
242 169
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro
11
192 129
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz, Bebop
12
241 171
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
13
200 140
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz
14
214 154
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop
15
188 133
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz
16
162 112
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop
17
177 126
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
18
121 78
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop
19
68 32
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jazz
20
100 62
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion
21
94 60
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Hard bop, Bebop
22
74 44
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Jim Maneri added Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop
23
61 33
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
EstebanPeretz added
24
125 95
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Post-bop, Jazz
25
163 136
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
YanivCohen added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop