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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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101 15
Magos Herrera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin pop, Latin jazz, Jazz

2
89 27
Tito Puente is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz

3
66 19
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz, Jazz

4
63 20
Eddie Palmieri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Salsa music, Latin jazz

5
64 22
Antônio Carlos Jobim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba

6
46 16
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
46 16
Cal Tjader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz

8
33 9
Machito is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Cubop, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz

9
45 19
Mongo Santamaría is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz

10
32 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
44 21
Sérgio Mendes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Disco, Lounge music

12
39 17
Gato Barbieri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz

13
28 9
João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba

14
28 12
Willie Bobo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Boogaloo, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz

15
26 11
Astrud Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Bossa nova

16
17 4
Mario Bauzá is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz

17
22 9
Rubén Blades is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin pop, Salsa music, World music

18
14 3
Chano Pozo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz

19
15 6
Samuel Torres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz

20
18 9
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brother... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists

21
19 10
Jerry González is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Rumba, Latin jazz, Jazz

22
73 61
Marc Antoine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz

23
8 1
Chucho Valdez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Jef Grace added

24
9 2
Miguel Zenón is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Jazz

25
8 2
Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added

26
14 8
Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

27
15 9
Pete Escovedo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Salsa music, Latin jazz

28
21 15
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

29
12 7
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
LaphaetonZ added Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

30
9 5
Eliades Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Salsa music, Latin jazz

31
9 5
Edmar Castañeda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists

32
9 5
Francisco Aguabella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Latin jazz, Jazz

33
8 4
Ray Mantilla is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Latin jazz, Jazz

34
4 0
Luis Perdomo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Jazz

35
14 11
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

36
5 2
Ottmar Liebert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
mood added New Age, New Flamenco, Jazz

37
5 2
Paoli Mejias is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Jazz

38
4 1
Alfredo Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added

39
4 1
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
LaphaetonZ added Jazz, Bossa nova

40
15 13
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

41
10 8
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

42
6 4
Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirate... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists

43
6 5
Roberto Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Drum and bass

44
6 5
Baden Powell de Aquino is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
LaphaetonZ added Choro

45
5 4
Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists

46
4 3
Dave Pike is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
World music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

47
3 2
Masters At Work is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Electronic music, House music, Garage house

48
4 4
Minas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Seek added Bossa nova, Brazilian Jazz, Latin Music - Featuring core-members Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, internationally acclaimed Minas is one of the most established Brazilian Jazz musical groups in the U.S. today. With a few decades experience performing and recording, the music of Minas creates an intimate and unforgettable musical tapestry that transports and inspires listeners. Their debut album 'Num Dia Azul' (1983) is  included in the first ever catalog of independent music recordings that came out of Brazil with orginial pressing now a hard to find collectors item. Minas was nomnations for 3 Grammy awards for Bossa Nova Day (2009),
 4 nominations for Symphony in Bossa (2015). ~ www.minasmusic.com

49
4 4
Jazz Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Salsa music, Classical music, Smooth jazz

50
4 4
Luiz Bonfá is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
LaphaetonZ added