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
1,613 253
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
1,232 422
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
602 293
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
1,122 619
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
626 321
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

6
568 289
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
786 435
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
437 218
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
456 237
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

10
265 125
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

11
348 181
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

12
530 303
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

13
279 136
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
228 103
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

15
243 114
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

16
226 103
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

17
481 278
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

18
567 340
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
292 153
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

20
509 306
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

21
206 96
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

22
193 87
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

23
180 78
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

24
164 68
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

25
213 104
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

26
292 163
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

27
201 98
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

28
184 86
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

29
411 251
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
433 267
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

31
204 102
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

32
130 49
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

33
160 72
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

34
177 86
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

35
247 138
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

36
193 99
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

37
325 201
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
221 124
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

39
99 33
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

40
161 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
207 118
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
420 282
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
133 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
263 187
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
109 60
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop

46
90 45
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Lewis Jazz

47
142 90
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
220 159
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

49
98 57
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Andrew Hill Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

50
143 97
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz