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The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists 

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Updated December 6, 2019 4k votes 1.2k voters 154.7k views 57 items

While there are many fantastic jazz-funk artists, some are just better than others. This list is designed to let the fans of jazz-funk separate the absolute best jazz-funk bands and groups from all of the rest. Jazz-funk is a subgenre of jazz that’s known for it’s strong, funky groove and focus on instrumentation. George Benson and George Duke are classic examples of the genre, but are they the top jazz funk fusion artists of all time?

This list of the top jazz-funk bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Jazz-funk artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. Jazz-funk groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. These are truly the greatest and funkiest jazz-funk bands of all time, since the most famous jazz-funk artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best jazz-funk music.

You can click on the jazz-funk band names to see more information about that particular notable jazz-funk group. All the top jazz-funk bands named on the list also have songs and albums listed on their pages if you click on the jazz-funk band names themselves.

A list made up of genre-bending artists like Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorious. Vote for the best artists, in your opinion, by clicking the thumbs up button. Vote down the acts that can't bring the funk. Which of these artists belongs at the top of the list? Galactic? Billy Cobham? All important, significant, and iconic names in jazz-funk music history deserve your votes, so choose wisely. 

The list should include all modern and new jazz-funk bands, so if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. This list has the best examples of jazz-funk, and can be a good place to start if you wondering how to get into jazz-funk music. The bands at the top of the list will be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good jazz-funk bands with which to start out. This list answers the questions "who are the best jazz-funk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jazz-funk musician ever?"

Whether you’re a jazz-funk expert or a new fan of jazz-funk music, please vote for the best jazz-funk bands - not just the most popular jazz-funk bands that you never actually listened to. 

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George Benson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop & Smooth jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk & Folk jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America
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Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Incognito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
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Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
kent-jøran-johannessen added Genre: Rock music, Smooth jazz & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America
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Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Kozmigroov, Hard bop & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Hip hop music, Disco & Kozmigroov; Nationality: United States of America
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Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kathryn Ballard Shut added

 

 

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Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Rock music, Jazz fusion & Progressive bluegrass; Nationality: United States of America
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Fake Flowers Real Dirt ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
electrojazzpunk added

 

 

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Lonnie Liston Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Genre: Kozmigroov, Jazz & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America
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John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Nu jazz, Jazz-funk & Acid jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
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Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Jazz-funk, Pop music & Sophisti-pop; Nationality: United States of America
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Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
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Ronnie Laws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Jazz, Blues & Funk; Nationality: United States of America
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Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Genre: Hard bop, Post-bop & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Earth, Wind & Fire ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Aaron Morris added
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The Average White Band ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
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Azymuth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
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The Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added
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Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Jazz fusion and Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Johnny "Hammond&quo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Genre: Hard bop and Soul jazz; Nationality: United States of America