bands/musicians 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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1,361 174
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

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2
1,030 296
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
468 195
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
465 196
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
848 526
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
462 266
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

7
340 183
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

8
355 194
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
408 233
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

10
257 129
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

11
203 92
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

12
190 84
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

13
556 338
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

14
442 259
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

15
179 77
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

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16
207 98
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

17
350 199
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

18
384 223
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

19
339 192
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
157 64
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

21
314 175
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

22
161 70
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

23
193 93
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

24
189 92
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

25
147 62
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

26
154 68
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

27
138 58
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

28
150 68
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

29
121 48
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

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30
139 63
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

31
145 68
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

32
248 148
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

33
136 64
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
132 62
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

35
332 222
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

36
111 52
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

37
156 88
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

38
106 53
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

39
149 91
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

40
209 142
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

41
176 117
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

42
75 35
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

43
55 21
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

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44
151 109
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

45
100 71
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
105 81
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

47
73 51
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

48
100 79
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
75 55
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop

50
73 54
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Andrew Hill Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz