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!

1
1,611 251
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
1,228 420
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
600 289
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
1,119 616
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

5
623 318
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

6
566 287
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
781 433
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
436 217
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
456 235
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

10
264 123
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

11
527 301
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

12
346 180
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

13
278 135
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

14
241 113
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

15
226 103
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

16
477 275
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

17
224 103
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

18
564 339
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

19
508 304
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

20
289 152
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

21
193 85
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

22
164 66
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

23
205 95
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

24
179 78
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

25
212 103
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

26
184 84
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

27
204 99
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

28
199 97
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
410 250
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

30
130 48
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

31
431 266
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

32
289 163
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

33
159 72
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

34
247 137
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

35
192 98
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

36
174 86
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

37
324 200
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

38
99 32
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
220 124
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

40
160 80
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

41
207 117
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

42
418 281
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

43
132 76
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cecil Taylor Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

44
261 186
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
142 89
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

46
107 60
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop

47
88 45
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Lewis Jazz

48
218 159
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

49
142 96
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

50
97 57
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