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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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211 65
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

2
133 33
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

3
149 45
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

4
107 28
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

5
100 25
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
84 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
92 26
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

8
87 25
Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

9
130 54
Incognito is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

10
69 21
Lonnie Liston Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Kozmigroov, Jazz, Soul music

11
74 25
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

12
86 34
Fake Flowers Real Dirt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
electrojazzpunk added

 

 

13
73 30
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

14
61 26
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

15
46 16
Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

16
48 18
Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kathryn Ballard Shut added

 

 

17
45 16
Ronnie Laws is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz, Blues, Funk

18
59 27
Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

19
45 18
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
jlpiraux added Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

20
39 14
Azymuth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Samba, Jazz, Funk

21
32 9
The Average White Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
slaft added Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

22
32 10
Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

23
26 6
Johnny
Hard bop, Soul jazz

24
23 4
The Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Kozmigroov, Jazz

25
23 4
Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Michael Fudge added Jam band, Funk

26
21 5
Tom Scott & the L.A. Express is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

27
28 11
Pleasure is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

28
25 9
Joe Farrell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

29
28 12
Miroslav Vitouš is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

30
23 8
Charles Earland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov

31
21 7
The Mizell Brothers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

32
22 8
Eddie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov

33
17 4
Soulive is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
KeshavSaini added Jazz-funk, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

34
13 2
Down to the Bone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Charles Raven added

35
6 0
Johnny
mood added Blues-rock, Electric blues, Jazz blues

36
14 4
Idris Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Joe Guzardo added Hard bop, Jazz, Soul music

37
12 3
Groove Collective is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Acid jazz, Jazz

38
17 8
Galactic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Joe Guzardo added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk

39
10 2
Electro Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added

40
13 5
Jeff Golub is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
slaft added Rock music, Jazz, Blues

41
19 11
Gary Bartz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Free funk, Post-bop, Jazz

42
25 17
Candy Dulfer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
slaft added Nu jazz, Smooth jazz, Funk

43
8 2
Brian Culbertson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Mitch Scher added Smooth jazz, Funk

44
8 2
Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Aaron Morris added Disco, Rock music, Black metal

45
9 5
The New Mastersounds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Michael Fudge added Jazz fusion, Funk

46
6 4
Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists

47
12 11
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbat... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Punk jazz, Funk rock

48
6 5
Funky Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added

49
3 2
Jon Cleary is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists
Michael Perch added Rhythm and blues, Funk

50
9 9
Courtney Pine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz-Funk Bands/Artists