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
1,528 235
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
1,174 376
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
1,058 568
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

4
550 267
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

5
528 256
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
717 383
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
565 299
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

8
476 263
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

9
531 301
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
488 273
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

11
384 205
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

12
438 244
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
263 126
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

14
406 224
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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15
260 126
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

16
409 228
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

17
307 159
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

18
309 162
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

19
385 215
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

20
210 97
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

21
241 120
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

22
226 110
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

23
192 87
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

24
222 109
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

25
403 237
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

26
175 76
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

27
198 93
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

28
178 79
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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29
189 87
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Ray Bryant

30
182 86
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

31
146 60
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

32
170 78
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

33
155 70
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

34
168 80
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

35
151 69
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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36
251 146
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

37
154 74
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

38
127 57
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

39
210 122
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

40
126 60
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

41
171 103
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Hiromi Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

42
88 40
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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43
176 114
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

44
41 6
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland

45
63 24
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

46
121 76
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

47
124 84
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

48
90 56
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

49
120 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

50
71 42
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Lewis Jazz