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List of Famous Jazz Pianists

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List of famous jazz pianists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jazz pianists in the world? This includes the most prominent jazz pianists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable jazz pianists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jazz pianists 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 pianists.

List is made up of people like Ray Charles and Nina Simone.

From reputable, prominent, and well known jazz pianists to the lesser known jazz pianists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jazz pianist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jazz pianists ever?" and "What are the names of famous jazz pianists?" then you're in the right place. (595 items)
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the ...more
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, widely known as Norah Jones, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She is a daughter of an American, Sue Jones, and Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi ...more
Skylar Grey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Holly Brook Hafermann, who goes by the stage name Skylar Grey, is an American singer and songwriter from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. In 2004, under the moniker Holly Brook, at the age of 17, she ...more
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the ...more
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the ...more
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, ...more
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping ...more
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923, his career spanning over 50 years. Born in ...more
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
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
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, ...more
Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black ...more
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. was an American jazz pianist. Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and was a major influence on later generations of ...more
Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Sun Ra was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," prolific musical output, and performances. He ...more
Cecil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Cecil Percival Taylor is an American pianist and poet. Classically trained, Taylor is generally acknowledged as one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely ...more
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea is an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis' ...more
Fred Hersch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Fred Hersch is an American jazz pianist and composer. Hersch has featured himself as either a solo performer or at the helm of varied small ensembles, which in addition to his trio, include a ...more
Eumir Deodato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Eumir Deodato de Almeida, also known as Eumir Deodato, is a Brazilian pianist, composer, record producer and arranger, primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for ...more
Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. On December 11, ...more
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Jan Hammer is a composer, pianist and keyboardist. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, as well as his film scores ...more
Billy Strayhorn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke ...more
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
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
Bobby Troup is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Robert W. "Bobby" Troup Jr. was an American actor, jazz pianist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for writing the popular standard " Route 66", and for his role as Dr. ...more
Michel Legrand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Michel Jean Legrand is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. Legrand is a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores in addition to many ...more
Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
David Warren "Dave" Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including ...more
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Keith Jarrett is an American pianist and composer who performs both jazz and classical music. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. ...more