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The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time 

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Updated July 13, 2020 86.9k votes 7k voters 115.9k views 164 items

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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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Dec. at 47 (1909-1956) from Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007) from Montreal, Canada
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Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983) from Duquesne, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943) from New York City, USA, New York
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Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986) from Austin, Texas
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Eldar Djangirov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
JimThomas added Age 32 from Kyrgyzstan
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Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982) from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America
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Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966) from New York City, New York
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George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011) from Battersea, London, United Kingdom
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Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989) from Whiteville, Tennessee
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Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996) from Arnold, Pennsylvania
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James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955) from New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 80 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980) from Plainfield, New Jersey, United States of America
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Willie "The Lion&qu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973) from Goshen, New York, United States of America
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Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010) from Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America
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Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 89 from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Dec. at 61 (1920-1981) from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 78 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981) from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
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Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 75 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added Age 88 from Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania
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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Age 77 from Chelsea, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America