Jazz The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time  

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List Rules The best jazz piano players in history. Vote up the greatest jazz musicians who play piano.

Imagine dancing to the sound of smooth, vibrant jazz music with a pianist pounding on the keys with all his might accompanied by a cello, trumpet, and trombone. The sound is unique and your feet start to move. When jazz music grew to popularity, there hadn't been anything like it before – it became the iconic sound of an era and is still popular today. The piano is an important part of jazz music, and some of the greatest jazz musicians played it. Who are the greatest jazz pianists of all time?
 
The musicians on this list are considered the all time greatest jazz pianists, and their legacies continue to influence the shape of jazz music to this day!
 
This list features the greatest jazz pianists of all time, ranked as the absolute best by music lovers. Vote up the best jazz piano players below and see where the pianists you think are the greatest rank!
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1
1.487 211
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
1.131 358
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
528 240
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
514 239
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
1.010 560
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
677 373
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

7
539 296
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

8
512 293
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

9
418 230
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

10
449 252
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

11
367 198
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

12
470 268
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

13
400 221
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

14
248 118
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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15
252 121
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

16
381 211
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

17
300 156
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

18
239 115
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

19
386 217
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

20
217 103
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

21
204 94
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

22
172 72
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

23
188 84
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

24
290 156
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

25
220 107
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

26
188 85
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

27
176 77
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

28
386 232
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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29
145 59
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

30
167 77
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

31
187 93
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

32
176 85
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

33
153 69
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

34
163 77
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

35
146 66
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

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36
149 71
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

37
239 145
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

38
125 58
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

39
121 57
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

40
200 122
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

41
163 99
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

42
83 39
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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43
168 113
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

44
58 24
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

45
114 74
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

46
33 5
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland

47
120 83
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

48
116 81
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

49
85 54
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

50
85 57
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop