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The Best Trad Jazz Artists  

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Trad jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. While the term "trad jazz" is somewhat fungible, for purposes of this list we are referring to the UK-based jazz movement of the 50s and 60s that was heavily influenced by New Orleans and Dixieland jazz. This list of good trad jazz bands tends to thus be very UK-centric. These top trad 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 trad jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest trad jazz bands of all time, since the order is decided by actual fans of the best trad jazz music.

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

Artists here include everything from Ivor Cutler to Buddy Bolden. Voting for your favorites gets them to rise to the top. Always vote for talents like Evan Christopher or Acker Bilk if you like them.

All important, significant and iconic names in trad jazz music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

We hope you find this list both an accurate compilation of the best examples of trad jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into trad 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 trad jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent trad jazz bands.

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


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Birger's Ragtime Band is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
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Traditional New Orleans jazz in all its forms like ragtime, gospels, marches, blues...www.birgersragtimeband.com

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Chris Barber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Skiffle, Ragtime, Swing music
3
Kenny Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Clark Benson added Jazz, Dixieland
4
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening
5
Ken Colyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Clark Benson added Dixieland
6
Monty Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Clark Benson added
7
Ottilie Patterson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Trad jazz, Blues
8
Cy Laurie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
John Welch added
9
Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Ragtime, Trad jazz, Jazz
10
Humphrey Lyttelton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Clark Benson added Jazz, Dixieland
11
Tom Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Swing music, Trad jazz, Jazz fusion
12
Eric Allendale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Pop music, Trad jazz, Soul music
13
Milt Hinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Pop music, Swing music, Trad jazz
14
Louis Cottrell, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Trad jazz, Dixieland
15
Gerald Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Jug band, Ragtime, Swing music
16
Tale Ognenovski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
stevan-ognenovski added Classical music, Jazz
17
Ivor Cutler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Spoken word, Trad jazz, Comedy rock
18
Clinton Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists
Skiffle, Traditional pop music, Trad jazz
19
Evan Christopher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trad Jazz Artists