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!
list ordered by

1
1,656 255
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz

2
1,246 450
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
620 314
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

4
597 300
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
1,136 652
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
460 233
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

7
481 247
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

8
641 350
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

9
798 468
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

10
374 189
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

11
300 143
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

12
546 320
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

13
244 113
Willie
Stride, 20th-century classical music

14
242 116
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

15
199 86
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added

16
278 142
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

17
224 105
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added

18
255 129
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

19
491 298
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

20
578 361
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

21
522 322
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

22
304 168
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Ragtime

23
216 108
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

24
146 59
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

25
197 97
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

26
303 178
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

27
203 104
Lennie Tristano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Post-bop

28
445 288
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

29
261 150
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

30
216 116
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added

31
223 122
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

32
173 85
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added

33
418 272
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

34
337 217
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

35
205 115
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

36
171 96
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

37
152 82
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

38
130 65
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop

39
227 145
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Post-bop, Jazz

40
111 51
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz

41
180 108
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

42
424 309
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

43
170 100
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

44
162 98
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

45
119 64
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

46
211 145
Hiromi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
michael-hsueh added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

47
103 58
Roland Hanna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kenny McLaren added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

48
265 215
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

49
228 181
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

50
193 158
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop