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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
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1909-1956)
2
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)
3
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983)
4
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943)
5
Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
JimThomas added age 32
6
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996)
7
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)
8
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966)
9
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)
10
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955)
11
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)
12
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)
13
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980)
14
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982)
15
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)
16
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 80
17
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Dec. at 61 (1920-1981)
18
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)
19
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
20
Willie
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)
21
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89
22
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
23
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dave Brubeck Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)
24
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
25
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 75