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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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1,430 183
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

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2
1,068 336
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
499 213
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
495 214
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
919 553
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
503 289
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

7
367 204
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

8
228 109
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

9
382 217
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

10
479 286
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

11
440 260
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

12
594 369
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

13
285 153
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
222 109
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

15
185 84
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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16
382 225
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
214 105
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

18
179 80
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

19
164 70
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

20
232 119
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

21
406 245
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

22
203 101
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

23
142 57
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

24
357 214
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

25
166 75
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

26
328 194
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

27
191 94
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

28
267 154
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

29
159 76
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

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155 74
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

31
167 84
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

32
144 68
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

33
139 65
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

34
351 228
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

35
172 91
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

36
144 70
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

37
120 55
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

38
115 56
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

39
222 145
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

40
187 121
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

41
154 95
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
80 37
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

43
158 111
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

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57 23
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

45
108 73
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

46
112 83
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

47
108 81
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

48
79 54
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

49
27 5
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland

50
80 57
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop