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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1,591 248
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
1,215 414
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
594 282
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
563 282
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
1,101 611
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
613 315
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

7
765 427
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

8
427 217
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
451 233
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

10
523 298
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

11
274 132
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
258 122
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

13
341 179
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

14
222 100
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

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223 101
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

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236 111
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

17
469 272
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
188 80
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

19
555 336
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

20
285 150
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

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498 302
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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210 100
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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202 95
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

24
175 76
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

25
200 94
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

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159 65
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

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128 44
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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180 82
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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285 159
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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403 245
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

31
194 95
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

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425 263
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

33
190 94
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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242 134
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

35
154 71
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

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321 196
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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216 120
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

38
96 30
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

39
168 86
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

40
415 277
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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154 80
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

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200 117
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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141 84
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

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257 181
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

45
217 155
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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123 76
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cecil Taylor Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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102 60
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop

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83 45
Bobby Timmons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
vinylhobbit added Bobby Timmons Hard bop, Soul jazz

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82 45
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Lewis Jazz

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138 95
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz