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
1,672 260
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz

2
1,260 460
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
601 306
Earl Hines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
625 321
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

5
1,158 658
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

6
467 236
Phineas Newborn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

7
652 354
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

8
486 252
Teddy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

9
812 475
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

10
381 195
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

11
303 149
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Stride, Jazz, Dixieland

12
555 322
Erroll Garner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

13
246 119
Ray Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

14
245 120
Willie
Stride, 20th-century classical music

15
282 147
Johnny Costa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Johnny Costa

16
500 302
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

17
201 90
Dorothy Donegan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Paul Alsing added

18
586 365
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

19
530 327
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

20
226 110
Hazel Scott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
John Capulli added

21
257 134
Hank Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

22
308 172
Red Garland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz, Ragtime

23
201 101
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

24
150 63
Marcus Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

25
218 114
Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

26
453 292
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

27
206 108
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
227 124
Kenny Barron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

29
220 119
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Charley Farley added

30
304 183
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

31
180 89
Michel Camilo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
manuel-solsona added

32
264 154
Michael Pertucciani is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Michael Pertucciani Jazz, Ragtime

33
421 277
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

34
212 117
Vince Guaraldi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

35
338 221
Ahmad Jamal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
DavidHarrison added Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

36
118 51
John Lewis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Jazz

37
133 67
Kenny Drew is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop

38
174 102
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

39
171 101
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

40
228 150
Brad Mehldau is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Post-bop, Jazz

41
152 87
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

42
124 64
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

43
425 316
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

44
180 113
Marian McPartland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Ballad, Cool jazz, Swing music

45
163 102
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

46
211 150
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
106 60
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
265 220
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

49
228 186
Wynton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

50
196 163
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop