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Cool jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good cool jazz bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top cool jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Cool jazz groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all cool jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest cool jazz bands of all time, since the most famous cool jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best cool jazz music.

You can click on the cool jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable cool jazz group. If they're near the top of the best cool jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top cool jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the cool jazz band names themselves.

Examples of artists on this list: Miles Davis, Jim Hall and more. Upvote your favorites and downvote the ones that don't belong to make this list better. List includes choices like Woody Herman and Jimmy Giuffre so that if you care about this subject, you can vote on at least one thing.

All important, significant and iconic names in cool jazz music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new cool jazz bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of cool jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into cool jazz music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good cool jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent cool jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best cool jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest cool jazz musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular cool jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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51 13
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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41 7
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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30 4
Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Paul Desmond Cool jazz, West Coast jazz

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30 5
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
SummerWu added Chet Baker West Coast jazz

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29 5
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Stan Getz Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz

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21 3
Gerry Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Gerry Mulligan Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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14 3
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Kenny Burrell Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

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14 3
Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Art Pepper Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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12 2
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

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12 2
Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Joe Morello Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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14 4
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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15 5
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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11 2
Scott LaFaro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Scott LaFaro Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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11 2
Lee Konitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Lee Konitz Cool jazz, Jazz

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12 3
Julie London is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Julie London Torch song, Pop music, Cool jazz

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10 2
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Tal Farlow Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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8 1
Shorty Rogers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Shorty Rogers Cool jazz, Jazz

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9 2
Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Jim Hall Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

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9 2
Shelly Manne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Shelly Manne Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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10 3
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

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9 3
Philly Joe Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Philly Joe Jones Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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8 3
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

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6 1
Sahib Shihab is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Sahib Shihab Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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8 4
Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Barney Kessel Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music

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5 1
Claude Thornhill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Claude Thornhill Cool jazz, Jazz

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5 1
Bob Gordon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Bob Gordon Cool jazz, Jazz

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5 1
Jo Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Jo Jones Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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5 1
Jimmy Giuffre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Jimmy Giuffre Cool jazz, Third stream, Folk jazz

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5 1
Don Raffell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Don Raffell Pop music, Cool jazz, Swing music

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5 1
Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Herb Ellis Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz

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6 3
Percy Heath is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Percy Heath Cool jazz, Hard bop, Bebop

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5 2
Johnny Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Johnny Smith Cool jazz

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4 1
Bill Perkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Bill Perkins Cool jazz

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4 1
Ronnie Singer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Ronnie Singer Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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4 1
Chuck Israels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Chuck Israels Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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4 1
Johnny Dankworth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Johnny Dankworth Cool jazz

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4 1
Dave Edwards is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Dave Edwards Cool jazz, Big band, West Coast jazz

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6 4
June Christy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
June Christy Pop music, Cool jazz, Jazz

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4 2
Mark Kramer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Mark Kramer Cool jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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4 2
Hans Koller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Hans Koller Cool jazz, Big band, Bebop

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3 1
Billy Bauer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Billy Bauer Cool jazz, Jazz

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2 0
Modern Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
DavidHarrison added Modern Jazz Quartet Jazz

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2 0
Cal Tjader is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
DavidHarrison added Cal Tjader Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz

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5 4
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

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4 3
Nnenna Freelon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Nnenna Freelon Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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3 2
Gary Foster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Gary Foster Pop music, Cool jazz, Classical music

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3 2
John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
John Abercrombie Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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2 1
Jimmy Raney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Jimmy Raney Cool jazz, Hard bop

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2 1
Gregory Hillman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Gregory Hillman Jazz-funk, Cool jazz, Third stream