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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
Magos Herrera Latin pop, Latin jazz, Jazz

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

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

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

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

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Cal Tjader is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Cal Tjader Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz

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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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Mongo Santamaría is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Mongo Santamaría Latin jazz

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

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

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Paquito D'Rivera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Paquito D'Rivera Latin jazz, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz

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

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

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Astrud Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Astrud Gilberto Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Bossa nova

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Willie Bobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Willie Bobo Boogaloo, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz

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Rubén Blades is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Rubén Blades Latin pop, Salsa music, World music

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

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Chucho Valdez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Jef Grace added Chucho Valdez

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Chano Pozo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Chano Pozo Latin jazz

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Samuel Torres is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Samuel Torres Latin jazz

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

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

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Miguel Zenón is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Miguel Zenón Jazz

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Pucho & The Latin Soul Brother... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists

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Pete Escovedo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Pete Escovedo Salsa music, Latin jazz

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Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

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Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye

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Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Al Di Meola Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Edmar Castañeda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists

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Francisco Aguabella is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Francisco Aguabella Latin jazz, Jazz

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Ray Mantilla is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Ray Mantilla Hard bop, Latin jazz, Jazz

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Luis Perdomo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Luis Perdomo Jazz

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Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
LaphaetonZ added Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

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Eliades Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Eliades Ochoa Salsa music, Latin jazz

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Paoli Mejias is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Paoli Mejias Jazz

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

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Alfredo Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added Alfredo Rodríguez

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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Sheila E. Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Return to Forever Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

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Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirate... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists

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Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
LaphaetonZ added Laurindo Almeida Jazz, Bossa nova

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Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Dave Weckl Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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Baden Powell de Aquino is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
LaphaetonZ added Baden Powell de Aquino Choro

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Roberto Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Roberto Fonseca Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Drum and bass

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

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

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

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Minas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Seek added Minas 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 ...

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Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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Nicola Conte is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Latin Jazz Bands/Artists
Nicola Conte World music, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion