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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)
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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 Elektric Band 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