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The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time 

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Updated September 3, 2019 80k votes 6.7k voters 113.7k views 163 items

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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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Dec. at 47 (1909-1956) from Toledo
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007) from Montreal
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Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983) from Duquesne
4
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943) from Harlem
5
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982) from Rocky Mount
6
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966) from New York City
7
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989) from Whiteville
8
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980) from Plainfield
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George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011) from Battersea
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Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986) from Austin
11
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
JimThomas added Age 32 from Kyrgyzstan
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McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 80 from USA
13
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996) from Arnold
14
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955) from New Brunswick
15
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977) from Pittsburgh
16
Willie "The Lion&qu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973) from USA
17
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 78 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998) from USA
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Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010) from USA
20
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Dec. at 92 (1920-2012) from Concord
21
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 89 from Berlin
22
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 89 from Michigan
23
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1904-1984) from Red Bank
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Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981) from Atlanta
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Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Dec. at 80 (1931-2011) from USA