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The Best Jazz Pianists in the World 

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Updated May 25, 2020 24.4k votes 2.2k voters 14k views 77 items

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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
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
JohnnyC123 added

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
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Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added
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Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
jdbilleter added
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Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Chick Corea 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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Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Teimuraz Kancheli added Hiromi
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Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
Alfredo Acuña added Joe Zawinul
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John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World
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Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Pianists in the World