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List of famous jazz musicians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jazz musicians in the world? This includes the most prominent jazz musicians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable jazz musicians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jazz musicians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned jazz musicians.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known jazz musicians to the lesser known jazz musicians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jazz musician field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jazz musicians ever?" and "What are the names of famous jazz musicians?" then you're in the right place. (101 items)

Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles ...more

John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
John Coltrane John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the ...more

Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Dizzy Gillespie John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz ...more

Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round ...more

Tom Noonan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Tom Noonan Tom Noonan is a film score composer, voice actor, film editor and producer.

Charles Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the ...more

Sheryl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Sheryl Bailey Sheryl Bailey is an American jazz guitarist and educator based in New York City. She has released six albums.

Avery Brooks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Avery Brooks Avery Franklin Brooks is an American actor, director and occasional singer. Brooks is best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Hawk on Spenser for ...more

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Charles "Buddy" Rogers Charles Edward “Buddy” Rogers was an American actor and jazz musician.

Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Stéphane Grappelli Stéphane Grappelli was a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He ...more

Joshua Redman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In 1991, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.

T. S. Monk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
T. S. Monk T. S. Monk is an American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. He is the son of fellow jazz musician, Thelonious Monk.

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Michael Snow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Michael Snow Michael Snow, CC is a Canadian artist working in painting, sculpture, video, films, photography, holography, drawing, books and music.

Darius Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Darius Brubeck Darius Brubeck is an American jazz keyboardist and educator. He is the son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck. He spent many years in Durban, South Africa, as a professor and head of the Centre for ...more

Cindy Breakspeare is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Cindy Breakspeare Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare — known as Cindy Breakspeare — is a Jamaican jazz musician and former model. She was crowned Miss World 1976. She is the mother of Grammy-winning reggae musician ...more

Don Francks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Don Francks Donald Harvey Francks or Iron Buffalo is a Canadian actor, vocalist and jazz musician.

John D'earth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
John D'earth John D'earth is an American post bop/hard bop jazz trumpeter born in Holliston, Massachusetts who has appeared on recordings by Dave Matthews and Bruce Hornsby as well as recording a number of ...more

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Joe Lovano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Joe Lovano Joseph Salvatore "Joe" Lovano is an American post bop jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer. Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor ...more

Gil Mellé is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Gil Mellé Gil Mellé was an American artist, jazz musician and film composer. In the 1950s, Mellé's paintings and sculptures were shown in New York galleries and he created the cover art for ...more

Jan Garbarek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Jan Garbarek Jan Garbarek is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. Garbarek was born in Mysen, Norway, the only child of a former Polish prisoner ...more

Phil Harris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Phil Harris Wonga Phillip "Phil" Harris was an American singer, songwriter, jazz musician, actor, and comedian. He was born to Harry and Dollie Harris. His mother was of Irish descent. Though ...more

Kustas Kikerpuu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Kustas Kikerpuu Kustas Kikerpuu was a Composer, Jazz Musician, Orchestra Conductor, Music Teacher and Actor.

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Derek Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Derek Wadsworth Derek Wadsworth was a British jazz trombonist, session musician, composer and arranger.

Aaron Trubic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Aaron Trubic As an experienced studio and touring musician, recording engineer, producer, vocalist, cellist and writer, Aaron Trubic has proudly garnered numerous commercial recording credits for both major ...more

Burt Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Burt Wilson Burt Wilson is a philosopher, writer, broadcaster, jazz musician, political activist, playwright, and former advertising executive.

Luckey Roberts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Luckey Roberts Charles Luckyth Roberts, better known as Luckey Roberts, was an American composer and stride pianist who worked in the jazz, ragtime, and blues styles.

Jon Ballantyne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Jon Ballantyne Jon Ballantyne is an award-winning pianist and composer who resides in New York City, USA.

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Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Toots Thielemans Toots Thielemans is a Belgian jazz musician. He is known for his guitar and harmonica playing, as well as his whistling skills.

Erik Moseholm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Erik Moseholm Erik Moseholm was a Danish jazz bassist, composer, bandleader and music administrator. He was the leader of the DR Big Band from 1961 to 1966 and the principal of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory ...more

Anton Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Anton Schwartz Anton Schwartz is an American jazz saxophonist and composer based in Seattle, Washington and Oakland, California.

Lew Tabackin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Lew Tabackin Lew Tabackin is a jazz flutist and a tenor saxophonist. He is married to Toshiko Akiyoshi, who is a jazz pianist and a composer/arranger.

Mezz Mezzrow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Mezz Mezzrow Milton Mesirow, better known as Mezz Mezzrow was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from Chicago, Illinois. Mezzrow is well known for organizing and financing historic recording ...more

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Elith Nulle Nykjær is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Elith Nulle Nykjær Elith Nulle Nykjær is an actor, screenwriter, television director, film score composer and jazz musician.

Ellis Louis Marsalis, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Ellis Louis Marsalis, Sr. Ellis Louis Marsalis, Sr. was a businessman, farmer and hotelier.

Dino Soldo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Dino Soldo Dino Soldo, a native of Los Angeles, has forged a rare career as THE first call "Utility" musician. As performer, Soldo has played and toured with many of Music's Legends, including ...more

Max Geldray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Max Geldray Max van Gelder, professionally known as Max Geldray, was a jazz harmonica player. Best known for providing the musical interludes for The Goon Show, he was also credited as being the first ...more

Marshall Allen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Marshall Allen Marshall Belford Allen is an American free jazz and avant-garde jazz alto saxophone player. He also performs on flute, oboe, piccolo, and EVI. Allen is best known for his work with eccentric ...more

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Jørgen Ryg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Jørgen Ryg Jørgen Ryg was a Danish comedian, jazz musician and actor. Best known for his comical monologues on stage, he also appeared in 37 films between 1954 and 1978. He was born and died in

Witold Sobociński is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Witold Sobociński Witold Sobocinski is a Polish cinematographer, academic teacher as well as former jazz musician. Sobocinski is a graduate of the renowned National Film School in Łódź, while in college, ...more

Torben Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Torben Ulrich Torben Ulrich is a Danish writer, musician, filmmaker, and former professional tennis player.

Alex Sipiagin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Alex Sipiagin Alex "Sasha" Sipiagin is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player.

Thomas Van Duyne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians

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André Manoukian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
André Manoukian André Manoukian, is a French-Armenian songwriter, arranger, jazz musician, and actor. Since 2002, he is also one of the four judges in the French version of Pop Idol, Nouvelle Star.

Erik Formo Løchen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Erik Formo Løchen Erik Formo Løchen was a screenwriter.

P.J. Perry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
P.J. Perry PJ Perry is a Juno Award nominated jazz saxophonist.

John Horler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
John Horler John Douglas Horler is an English jazz pianist. He is the brother of fellow jazz musician David Horler and the uncle of Natalie Horler, who is the lead singer in the successful eurodance band ...more

Frederick H. Tupper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Frederick H. Tupper Frederick H. Tupper was a violinist and a jazz musician.

Frank Wess is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Frank Wess Frank Wellington Wess was an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

Andrew Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Andrew Armstrong Andrew Armstrong is the father of Billie Joe Armstrong.

Hal Schaefer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Jazz Musicians
Hal Schaefer Hal Schaefer is a film score composer.