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The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists  

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Latin jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good latin jazz bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top latin jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Latin jazz groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all latin jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest latin jazz bands of all time, since the most famous latin jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best latin jazz music.

You can click on the latin jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable latin jazz group. If they're near the top of the best latin jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top latin jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the latin jazz band names themselves.

List features artists like Al Di Meola and Paquito D'Rivera. Voting for your favorites gets them to rise to the top of the list. The fun of voting on multiple artists is that you get to make choices like "do I like Pat Metheny more than Gato Barbieri?"

All important, significant and iconic names in latin jazz music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new latin jazz bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of latin jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into latin jazz music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good latin jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent latin jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best latin jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest latin jazz musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular latin jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Magos Herrera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin pop, Latin jazz, Jazz
2
Tito Puente is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz
3
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz, Jazz
4
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Salsa music, Latin jazz
5
Antônio Carlos Jobim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba
6
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz
7
Cal Tjader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz
8
Mongo Santamaría is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz
9
Machito is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Cubop, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz
10
Paquito D'Rivera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz
11
Gato Barbieri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz
12
Sérgio Mendes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Disco, Lounge music
13
João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba
14
Willie Bobo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Boogaloo, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz
15
Rubén Blades is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin pop, Salsa music, World music
16
Mario Bauzá is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz
17
Astrud Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Bossa nova
18
Chano Pozo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz
19
Chucho Valdez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Jef Grace added
20
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz
21
Jerry González is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Rumba, Latin jazz, Jazz
22
Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
23
Marc Antoine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz
24
Samuel Torres is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz
25
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brother... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists