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
1,717 272
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1909-1956)

2
1,287 486
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)

3
627 326
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983)

4
1,201 686
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980)

5
641 340
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943)

6
487 252
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

7
504 268
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)

8
671 377
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966)

9
402 206
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

10
847 500
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982)

11
583 328
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

12
821 501
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
317 164
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955)

14
261 131
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
300 159
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996)

16
553 343
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

17
516 320
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

18
606 385
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 79

19
323 182
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1923-1984)

20
273 146
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

21
240 123
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Dec. at 61 (1920-1981)

22
255 134
Willie
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

23
211 103
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)

24
235 123
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981)

25
162 73
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

26
469 308
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 76

27
211 113
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89

28
240 135
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 74

29
135 56
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1920-2001)

30
228 132
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added age 54

31
314 199
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1904-1984)

32
275 171
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani

33
188 104
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added age 64

34
213 124
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 59 (1919-1978)

35
148 73
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1928-1993)

36
428 297
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

37
222 135
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1928-1976)

38
141 71
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

39
348 241
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added age 87

40
58 9
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
JimThomas added age 31

41
186 119
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 32 (1931-1963)

42
442 338
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 72

43
163 103
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89

44
238 168
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 47

45
177 123
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)

46
83 41
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added age 42

47
171 119
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 88

48
185 133
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 95 (1918-2013)

49
116 74
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
217 170
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added age 39