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
1,798 282
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1909-1956)

2
1,332 535
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)

3
1,247 745
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1929-1980)

4
664 370
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1903-1983)

5
680 381
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1904-1943)

6
716 412
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966)

7
525 287
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1931-1989)

8
542 302
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)

9
444 241
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)

10
626 364
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1923-1977)

11
358 189
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1894-1955)

12
303 152
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Dec. at 80 (1931-2011)

13
344 181
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa Dec. at 74 (1922-1996)

14
608 362
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

15
664 404
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 80

16
299 155
Willie
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

17
879 560
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1917-1982)

18
313 167
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

19
561 342
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

20
277 150
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Dec. at 61 (1920-1981)

21
244 130
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dec. at 76 (1922-1998)

22
248 133
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 89

23
829 563
Don Shirley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Don Shirley Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)

24
508 327
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 77

25
269 152
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
age 75