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The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists  

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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
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk
2
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz
3
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop
4
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
SummerWu added West Coast jazz
5
Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, West Coast jazz
6
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz
7
Gerry Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz
8
Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
9
Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz
10
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues
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The Three Sounds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
DavidHarrison added Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz
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Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz
13
Chuck Wayne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz
14
Mike Zwerin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Jazz
15
Gregory Hillman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Cool jazz, Third stream
16
Remo Palmier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz
17
Scott LaFaro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop
18
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music
19
Lee Konitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Jazz
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Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz
21
Modern Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
DavidHarrison added Jazz
22
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop
23
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop
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Philly Joe Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz
25
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cool Jazz Bands/Artists
Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz