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
1,806 283
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1909-1956)

2
1,336 541
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)

3
1,255 745
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980)

4
724 412
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966)

5
664 376
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983)

6
680 388
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943)

7
525 292
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

8
542 308
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)

9
626 369
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

10
616 363
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

11
445 247
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

12
358 191
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955)

13
667 404
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 80

14
887 560
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982)

15
303 158
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Dec. at 80 (1931-2011)

16
344 187
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996)

17
315 167
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

18
300 157
Willie
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

19
563 342
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

20
277 152
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Dec. at 61 (1920-1981)

21
512 327
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 77

22
272 152
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 75

23
244 132
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)

24
248 135
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89

25
829 565
Don Shirley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Don Shirley Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)