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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 subgene 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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182 48
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

2
131 37
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

3
116 31
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

4
91 24
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Billy Cobham Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

5
81 19
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

6
73 16
Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
kent-jøran-johannessen added Marcus Miller Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

7
80 24
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

8
120 50
Incognito is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Incognito Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

9
80 28
Fake Flowers Real Dirt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
electrojazzpunk added Fake Flowers Real Dirt In the steamy basement of an otherwise unremarkable house in Baltimore, "Fake Flowers Real Dirt" forges their mix of genres from the funk/dope characteristic (e.g. funk, hip-hop): driving skank reggae moves to frenetic ...

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75 25
Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Roy Ayers Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

11
65 23
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Victor Wooten Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

12
58 20
Lonnie Liston Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Lonnie Liston Smith Kozmigroov, Jazz, Soul music

13
47 13
Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kathryn Ballard Shut added Camera Soul CAMERA SOUL is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music (Verona) and released and marketed in the Americas by Kathryn Ballard Shut of TIMKAT Entertainment (Denver, Colorado). Inspired by ...

14
64 27
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
John Scofield Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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42 14
Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jimmy Smith Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

16
55 24
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
The Brecker Brothers Jazz fusion

17
37 11
Azymuth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Azymuth Samba, Jazz, Funk

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54 24
Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Lee Ritenour Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

19
42 15
Ronnie Laws is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Ronnie Laws Jazz, Blues, Funk

20
27 6
The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
slaft added The Average White Band Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

21
40 17
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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20 3
Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Michael Fudge added Lettuce Jam band, Funk

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28 10
Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Bobbi Humphrey Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
28 10
Miroslav Vitouš is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Miroslav Vitouš Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

25
23 6
Johnny
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Hard bop, Soul jazz

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24 7
Joe Farrell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Joe Farrell Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

27
22 6
Eddie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Eddie Henderson Kozmigroov

28
23 7
Charles Earland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Charles Earland Kozmigroov

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18 3
The Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added The Headhunters Kozmigroov, Jazz

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18 3
Tom Scott & the L.A. Express is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

31
26 11
Pleasure is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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16 4
Soulive is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
KeshavSaini added Soulive Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

33
19 7
The Mizell Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

34
15 6
Galactic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Joe Guzardo added Galactic Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk

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10 2
Down to the Bone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Charles Raven added Down to the Bone

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17 9
Gary Bartz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Gary Bartz Free funk, Post-bop, Jazz

37
23 16
Candy Dulfer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
slaft added Candy Dulfer Nu jazz, Smooth jazz, Funk

38
8 2
Electro Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Electro Deluxe

39
9 3
Groove Collective is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Groove Collective Acid jazz, Jazz

40
10 5
Jeff Golub is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
slaft added Jeff Golub Rock music, Jazz, Blues

41
8 3
The New Mastersounds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Michael Fudge added The New Mastersounds Jazz fusion, Funk

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6 1
Brian Culbertson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Mitch Scher added Brian Culbertson Smooth jazz, Funk

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9 4
Idris Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Joe Guzardo added Idris Muhammad Hard bop, Jazz, Soul music

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5 2
Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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3 1
Jon Cleary is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Michael Perch added Jon Cleary Rhythm and blues, Funk

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10 9
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbat... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats Jazz-funk, Punk jazz, Funk rock

47
9 8
Courtney Pine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

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5 4
Funky Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Funky Knuckles

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3 2
Pierre Moerlen's Gong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Pavementor added Pierre Moerlen's Gong Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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1 0
Johnny
mood added Johnny "Guitar" Watson Blues-rock, Electric blues, Jazz blues