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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 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. ...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

Michel Petrucciani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Michel Petrucciani was a French jazz pianist. Afflicted from birth with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disease that causes brittle bones and, in his case, short stature, he became one of the ...more

George Russell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
George Allen Russell was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and theorist. He is considered one of the first jazz musicians to contribute to general music theory with a theory of ...more

George Duke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
George Duke was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous acclaimed artists as ...more

Dave Kikoski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Dave Kikoski is an American jazz pianist and keyboardist. Kikoski learned piano from his father and played with him in bars as a teenager. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in the early ...more

Johnnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Johnnie Johnson was an American pianist and blues musician. His work with Chuck Berry led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Shelly Berg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Shelton Glen Berg is a jazz pianist from Cleveland, Ohio. His father was trumpet player Jay Berg. At the age of six Shelly Berg entered the Cleveland Institute of Music studying classical piano. ...more

Alice Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Alice Coltrane, née McLeod was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer, and the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. One of the few harpists in ...more

Helen Sung is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Helen Sung is an American jazz pianist.

Jan Johansson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Jan Johansson was a Swedish jazz pianist. He is little known outside Scandinavia, and his records are not widely available, though Jazz på svenska has sold more than a quarter of a million ...more

Roy Fisher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Roy Fisher is a British poet and jazz pianist. He was one of the first British writers to absorb the poetics of William Carlos Williams and the Black Mountain poets into the British poetic ...more

Michael Wolff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Michael Blieden Wolff is an American jazz pianist, composer, producer, and recording artist. He was honored as a Steinway Artist and obtained a Broadcast Music, Inc. award. Wolff has Tourette ...more

Albert Dailey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Albert Dailey was an American jazz pianist. Dailey's first professional appearances were with the house band of the Baltimore Royal Theater in the early 1950s. Later in the decade he studied at ...more

Geoff Keezer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Geoffrey Keezer is an American jazz pianist. He is a two-time Grammy nominee. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for ...more

Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Chick Corea Elektric Band is a jazz fusion band, led by pianist Chick Corea. Following the demise of Return to Forever, Corea established the musical ensemble in 1986. Following a long hiatus, ...more

Nancy Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Nancy Walker was an American actress and comedienne of stage, screen, and television. She was also a film and television director. During her five-decade long career, she may be best remembered ...more

Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply "O.P." by his ...more

Jamie Cullum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Jamie Cullum is an English jazz-pop singer-songwriter. Though he is primarily a vocalist/pianist he also accompanies himself on other instruments including guitar and drums. Since April 2010, he ...more

Patrice Rushen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Patrice Louise Rushen is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy ...more

Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...more

Howard Wyeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Howard Pyle Wyeth, also known as Howie Wyeth, was an American drummer and pianist. Wyeth is remembered for work with the saxophonist James Moody, the rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, the ...more

David Benoit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
David Benoit is an American jazz pianist, composer and producer from Los Angeles, California. Benoit has charted over 25 albums since 1980, and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. He is ...more

Steve Barakatt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Steve Barakatt is a Canadian composer, music producer, pianist, and singer. When he was only four, he fell under the spell of music and began piano lessons. Over the next 10 years he studied ...more

Mose Allison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Mose John Allison, Jr. is an American jazz blues pianist, singer and songwriter.

Bradley Joseph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
Bradley Joseph is an American composer, arranger, and producer of contemporary instrumental music. His compositions include works for orchestra, quartet, and solo piano, while his musical style ...more

J. Russel Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Jazz Pianists
J. Russel Robinson Joseph Russel Robinson was a United States ragtime and dixieland jazz pianist and a composer of jazz, blues, and popular tunes. Robinson, whose name appeared as "J. Russel Robinson", ...more