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List of famous male jazz musicians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male jazz musicians list contains the most prominent and top males known for being jazz musicians. There are thousand of males working as jazz musicians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic jazz musicians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a jazz musician then the people below should give you inspiration.

People include everyone from John Horler to Al Sergel.

While this isn't a list of all male jazz musicians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male jazz musicians?" and "Who are the best male jazz musicians?"
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary ...more

Age: 77

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more

Credits: Donnie Brasco, Zoolander, Office Space, Death Wish

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a ...more

Age: Died at 41 (1926-1967)

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Hamlet

Profession: Songwriter, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer

Credits: Malcolm X^! Zodiac^! Kids^! Vanilla Sky

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#1 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

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#2 on The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time

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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ...more

Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)

Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Composer, + more

Credits: Stormy Weather, The Cool World, The Cosmic Eye, Jivin' in Be-Bop, My Universe Inside Out, + more

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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Jazz Musicians
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Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," "Ruby, My Dear," "In Walked Bud," and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second-most ...more

Age: Died at 65 (1917-1982)

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, USA, North Carolina

Profession: Pianist, Musician, Composer

Credits: Se7en, American Hustle, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, The Score

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#11 on The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

#15 on The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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