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.
1 148 34 George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz
2 227 71 George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
3 155 48 Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz
4 113 29 Billy Cobham Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music
5 107 26 jlpiraux added Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion
6 91 21 kent-jøran-johannessen added Marcus Miller Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion
7 101 27 Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues
8 95 26 Roy Ayers Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov
9 76 21 jlpiraux added Lonnie Liston Smith Kozmigroov, Jazz, Soul music
10 79 25 Victor Wooten Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass
11 133 59 Incognito Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music
12 88 36 electrojazzpunk added Fake Flowers Real Dirt
13 78 32 John Scofield Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz
14 66 26 The Brecker Brothers Jazz fusion
15 51 19 Jimmy Smith Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion
16 50 19 Ronnie Laws Jazz, Blues, Funk
17 50 19 jlpiraux added Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz
18 51 21 Kathryn Ballard Shut added Camera Soul