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Famous Male Jazz Pianists

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Teddy Weatherford and Willie "The Lion" Smith.

While this isn't a list of all male jazz pianists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male jazz pianists?" and "Who are the best male jazz pianists?"
  • Dudley Moore
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    Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002) was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe from 1960, and with one member of that team, Peter Cook, collaborated on the television series Not Only... But Also. The double act worked on other projects until the mid-1970s, by which time Moore had settled in Los Angeles to concentrate on his film acting. His solo career as a comedy film actor was heightened by the success of hit Hollywood films, particularly Foul Play (1978), 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981). For Arthur, Moore was nominated for the Academy Award... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)
    • Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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  • Harry Connick, Jr.
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    Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is a Grammy and Emmy-award winning American singer, composer, actor, and television host. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has had seven top 20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history.Connick's best-selling album in the United States is his Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993). His highest-charting album is his release Only You (2004), which reached No. 5... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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  • Ray Charles
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    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as simply Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "The Genius". Charles started losing his vision at the age of 5, and by 7 he was blind. He pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic. He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Albany

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  • Nat King Cole
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    Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first African American man to host an American television series.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1919-1965)
    • Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama