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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71 19
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

2
26 5
Blue Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

3
27 6
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

4
24 6
Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

5
21 4
Stanley Turrentine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

6
24 7
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

7
27 11
Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

8
21 6
Maceo Parker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
P-Funk, Jazz, Soul jazz

9
23 8
Incognito is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

10
20 6
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

11
20 6
Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

12
17 4
Lonnie Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz, Soul jazz

13
16 5
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

14
12 2
Lou Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

15
13 4
King Curtis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

16
11 3
Nat Adderley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Soul jazz

17
11 4
Jimmy McGriff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

18
10 4
Ronny Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

19
10 4
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

20
8 3
Hank Crawford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

21
8 3
Gene Harris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz, Soul jazz, Blues

22
10 6
Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

23
10 6
Eddie Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

24
8 4
Eddie
Swing music, Jazz, Bebop

25
6 2
Joey DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soul Jazz Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz