bands/musicians The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists  

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Soul jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good soul 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 soul jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Soul 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 soul jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest soul jazz bands of all time, since the most famous soul jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best soul jazz music.

You can click on the soul jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable soul jazz group. If they're near the top of the best soul jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top soul jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the soul jazz band names themselves.

List contains artists like Medeski Martin & Wood and Erykah Badu. You get to decide which ones are the "best" artists by voting for your favorites right on the list. Make sure you always vote for stuff like Booker T. & the M.G.'s or Luther Vandross if you like it.

All important, significant and iconic names in soul 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 soul 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 soul jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into soul 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 soul jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent soul jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best soul jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soul 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 soul jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

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Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jimmy Smith Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Cannonball Adderley Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Blue Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Blue Mitchell Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Erykah Badu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

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Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Horace Silver Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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Incognito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Incognito Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

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Stanley Turrentine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Stanley Turrentine Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

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Maceo Parker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Maceo Parker P-Funk, Jazz, Soul jazz

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Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Roy Ayers Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

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Lonnie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Lonnie Smith Jazz, Soul jazz

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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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Lou Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Lou Donaldson Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Grant Green Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

The Best Southern Soul Songs

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King Curtis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
King Curtis Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Ronny Jordan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Ronny Jordan Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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Jimmy McGriff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jimmy McGriff Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

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Nat Adderley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Nat Adderley Hard bop, Soul jazz

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Duke Pearson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Duke Pearson Sophisti-pop, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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Bobby Timmons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Bobby Timmons Hard bop, Soul jazz

The Best Rock Vocalists

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Joe Henderson Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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The Three Sounds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
The Three Sounds Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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David
David "Fathead" Newman Hard bop, Jazz blues, Jazz

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Eddie
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Swing music, Jazz, Bebop

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Hank Crawford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hank Crawford Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

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Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Medeski Martin & Wood Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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Houston Person is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Houston Person Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Gene Harris Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

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Will Boulware is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Will Boulware Jazz fusion, Soul jazz, Funk

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Reuben Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Reuben Wilson Acid jazz, Soul jazz

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Melvin Sparks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Melvin Sparks Hard bop, Soul jazz

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Joey DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Joey DeFrancesco Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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Johnny
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Hard bop, Soul jazz

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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Arnett Cobb is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Arnett Cobb Jump blues, Swing music, Texas blues

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Eddie Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Eddie Harris Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Barry Adamson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Barry Adamson Spy music, Soundtrack, Lounge music

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Funk Inc. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Funk Inc. Jazz-funk, Soul music, Soul jazz

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Chico Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Chico Hamilton Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Boogaloo

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Gene Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Gene Ludwig Soul jazz

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Onaje Allan Gumbs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Onaje Allan Gumbs Hard bop, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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Joe Beck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Joe Beck Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

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The Greyboy Allstars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
The Greyboy Allstars Acid jazz, Soul jazz

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Robert Walter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Robert Walter Jazz, Soul jazz, Funk

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Bobby Broom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Bobby Broom Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Dick Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Dick Morrissey Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Dana Hall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Dana Hall Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Hampton Hawes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hampton Hawes Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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Philip Clark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Philip Clark Blue-eyed soul, Acid jazz, Contemporary R&B