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
2,058 291
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1909-1956)
2
1,467 634
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)
3
806 499
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983)
4
399 217
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added age 39
5
810 521
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943)
6
657 431
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)
7
637 420
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)
8
231 118
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
JimThomas added age 32
9
561 370
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)
10
449 286
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996)
11
1,307 947
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980)
12
462 302
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955)
13
353 225
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)
14
796 573
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966)
15
750 537
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 80
16
375 244
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Dec. at 61 (1920-1981)
17
675 480
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
18
407 270
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)
19
645 458
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)
20
379 250
Willie
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)
21
680 490
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
22
327 211
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89
23
270 166
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
24
342 224
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981)
25
268 167
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added age 64