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!
list ordered by

1
1,648 255
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz

2
1,242 447
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
617 310
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
593 297
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
1,133 646
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
641 344
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

7
478 245
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

8
455 232
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
374 184
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

10
797 463
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

11
296 142
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

12
543 317
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

13
241 111
Willie
Stride, 20th-century classical music

14
240 113
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

15
276 139
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

16
222 102
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added

17
196 84
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added

18
254 127
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

19
490 295
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

20
576 360
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

21
520 321
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

22
303 166
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Ragtime

23
214 107
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

24
144 57
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

25
302 176
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

26
202 102
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

27
216 113
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added

28
194 97
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

29
223 119
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

30
444 285
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

31
260 148
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

32
418 269
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

33
172 83
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added

34
337 214
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

35
204 113
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

36
170 93
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

37
152 79
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

38
180 104
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

39
129 63
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop

40
424 304
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

41
226 143
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Post-bop, Jazz

42
162 93
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

43
211 139
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

44
106 51
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz

45
164 100
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

46
116 61
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

47
103 52
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

48
265 209
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

49
227 175
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

50
193 152
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop