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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1,553 244
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
1,187 398
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
567 274
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
1,079 588
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
542 266
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

6
747 397
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

7
589 301
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

8
502 280
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
545 309
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
McCoy Tyner Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

10
422 230
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

11
323 165
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
454 254
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

13
488 278
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

14
397 217
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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397 218
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

16
237 111
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

17
275 138
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

18
419 239
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

19
252 124
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

20
201 90
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

21
202 91
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

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268 138
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

23
159 62
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

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318 173
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

25
184 81
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

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214 104
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

27
166 71
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

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184 85
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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231 119
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

30
190 90
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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205 102
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

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408 250
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

33
176 82
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

34
174 83
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

35
156 71
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Marian McPartland Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

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136 60
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

37
157 77
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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135 61
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

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253 156
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

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101 41
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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214 130
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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73 24
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

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129 76
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

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173 114
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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180 121
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

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42 7
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland

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126 85
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

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93 56
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

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123 83
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

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72 42
Bobby Timmons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
vinylhobbit added Bobby Timmons Hard bop, Soul jazz