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
1,700 265
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1909-1956)

2
1,271 480
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)

3
619 321
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983)

4
637 337
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943)

5
1,172 680
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980)

6
484 247
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

7
498 264
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)

8
397 203
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

9
659 376
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966)

10
829 496
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982)

11
572 327
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

12
818 497
Don Shirley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Don Shirley Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)

13
312 164
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955)

14
295 156
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996)

15
256 130
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
210 100
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)

17
237 120
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Dec. at 61 (1920-1981)

18
540 341
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

19
252 132
Willie
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

20
268 144
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

21
595 382
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 79

22
506 318
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

23
316 180
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1923-1984)

24
160 70
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

25
228 122
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981)

26
236 133
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 74

27
459 306
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 76

28
206 112
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89

29
130 55
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1920-2001)

30
225 130
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added age 54

31
271 167
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani

32
185 100
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added age 64

33
210 120
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 59 (1919-1978)

34
308 197
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1904-1984)

35
424 293
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

36
144 72
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1928-1993)

37
218 132
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1928-1976)

38
138 70
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

39
341 238
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added age 87

40
53 8
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
JimThomas added age 31

41
179 116
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 32 (1931-1963)

42
235 164
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 47

43
433 334
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 72

44
159 100
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89

45
168 114
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 88

46
172 119
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)

47
80 38
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added age 42

48
182 130
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 95 (1918-2013)

49
114 71
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Dec. at 70 (1932-2002)

50
213 168
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added age 39