Jazz The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists  

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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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150 35
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

2
228 71
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

3
156 48
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

4
113 29
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

5
107 26
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

6
91 21
Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
kent-jøran-johannessen added Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

7
101 27
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

8
95 26
Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

9
76 21
Lonnie Liston Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Kozmigroov, Jazz, Soul music

10
79 25
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

11
133 59
Incognito is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

12
88 36
Fake Flowers Real Dirt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
electrojazzpunk added

 

 

13
79 32
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

14
66 29
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

15
53 21
Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kathryn Ballard Shut added

 

 

16
51 20
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

17
51 21
Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

18
50 21
Ronnie Laws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz, Blues, Funk

19
63 31
Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

20
36 11
Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

21
29 6
The Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Kozmigroov, Jazz

22
31 8
Johnny
Hard bop, Soul jazz

23
36 12
The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
slaft added Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

24
18 2
Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Aaron Morris added Disco, Rock music, Black metal

25
41 17
Azymuth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Samba, Jazz, Funk