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The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 249 votes 79 voters 8.9k views 25 items

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

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

List features Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Brubeck and more. Downvote the worst ones and upvote the best ones to see only the greatest artists at the top of this list. Also, you should vote on artists like Al Cohn and Art Pepper, if you like them.

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

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

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Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Gerry Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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SHORTY 20RODGERS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
TedCorbin added
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
Javier Navia added
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Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Stan Kenton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Al Cohn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Richie Kamuca is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Serge Chaloff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Chico Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Larry Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
Warren Bassett added
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Bennett Friedman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Dave Edwards is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Tom Scott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Nels Cline Trio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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John Graas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Don Raffell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Buddy Collette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists
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Gary Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Jazz Bands/Artists