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.

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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
1,766 280
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1909-1956)

2
1,313 520
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)

3
652 355
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983)

4
667 368
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943)

5
1,223 728
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980)

6
516 273
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

7
696 404
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966)

8
352 177
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955)

9
528 295
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)

10
431 232
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

11
610 352
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

12
336 172
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996)

13
291 144
Willie
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

14
292 145
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Dec. at 80 (1931-2011)

15
861 544
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982)

16
306 159
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

17
586 356
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

18
641 400
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 80

19
545 335
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

20
268 142
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
826 546
Don Shirley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Don Shirley Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)

22
235 125
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)

23
93 20
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
JimThomas added age 32

24
235 127
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89

25
251 139
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981)