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
1,512 227
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
1,151 371
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
541 258
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
519 250
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Earl Hines Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
1,041 567
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bill Evans Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
697 381
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
553 298
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Bud Powell Jazz, Bebop

8
467 258
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

9
522 298
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
377 202
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

11
479 272
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

12
431 240
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
408 225
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

14
256 123
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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15
257 125
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland Jazz, Ragtime

16
397 221
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

17
305 161
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

18
383 215
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

19
298 158
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ahmad Jamal Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

20
240 119
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
James P. Johnson Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

21
207 96
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hank Jones Jazz, Bebop

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

22
223 108
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

23
190 86
Willie
Willie "The Lion" Smith Stride, 20th-century classical music

24
221 109
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

25
174 76
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added Hazel Scott

26
399 236
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

27
178 79
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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

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29
195 93
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Brad Mehldau Post-bop, Jazz

30
146 60
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added Dorothy Donegan

31
180 86
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

32
169 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
168 79
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

34
154 70
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Lennie Tristano Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

35
148 67
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
248 146
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
152 74
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

38
124 57
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Barry Harris Hard bop, Bebop

39
206 122
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

40
125 59
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added Michel Camilo

41
166 103
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
86 40
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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172 114
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Hard bop, Bebop

44
59 24
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Roland Hanna Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

45
117 75
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

46
37 6
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Red Garland

47
121 83
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Sonny Clark Hard bop, Jazz

48
117 82
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

49
86 55
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

50
87 57
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny Drew Hard bop, Post-bop