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!
list ordered by

1
1,668 258
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz

2
1,256 456
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
601 303
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
623 318
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

5
1,150 657
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
464 235
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

7
648 353
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

8
484 250
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
380 191
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

10
807 473
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

11
301 147
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

12
554 320
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

13
245 117
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

14
282 144
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

15
244 118
Willie
Stride, 20th-century classical music

16
226 107
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added

17
200 89
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added

18
496 301
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

19
582 364
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

20
257 132
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

21
526 325
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

22
305 172
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Ragtime

23
217 111
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

24
149 61
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

25
199 100
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

26
205 106
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

27
449 291
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

28
226 123
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

29
219 118
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added

30
303 182
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

31
178 88
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added

32
263 153
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

33
418 276
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

34
210 116
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

35
337 221
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

36
116 51
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz

37
174 101
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

38
132 67
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop

39
171 100
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

40
152 86
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

41
228 149
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Post-bop, Jazz

42
425 315
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

43
123 64
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

44
180 112
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

45
163 101
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

46
211 149
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

47
105 60
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

48
265 219
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

49
228 185
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

50
195 162
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop