Jazz Pianists

The 36 Greatest Jazz Pianists

So just who are the greatest jazz pianists? Well we have, as usual, scoured the net, magazines and books to conduct our poll of polls and this is the result. Of course we know many of you will disagree with the list, who is ranked above, or below, who, and we’re as ever, keen to hear from you as to who you think should be on the list.

There are a number of pianists that we are sorry to see fail to make the Top 36, the innovative Mary Lou Williams for one, Jacky Terrasson is another that we admire and so is the late Joe Sample. Just let us know your favourites and why.

We’re sursprised that Bud Powell didn’t make it a little higher up the list and glad to see that Lyle Mays made it.

Scroll down for our playlist of the 36 Greatest Jazz Pianists…

But why 36? Well as we all know there are 36 black keys on a piano…

36. Andrew Hill

35. Dave Grusin

34. Cecil Taylor

33. Lyle Mays

32. Sonny Clark

31. Michel Petrucciani

30. Hank Jones

29. Scott Joplin

28. Ramsey Lewis

27. Wynton Kelly

26. James P. Johnson

25. Kenny Kirkland

24. Bob James

23. George Shearing

22. Joe Zawinul

21. Teddy Wilson

20. Horace Silver

19. Red Garland

18. Tommy Flanagan

17. Erroll Garner

16. Dave Brubeck

15. Jelly Roll Morton

14. Earl Hines

13. Count Basie

12. Fats Waller

11. Duke Ellington

10. Ahmad Jamal AHMAD JAMAL

9. Chick Corea

Chick Corea

8. Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett

7. Bud Powell

Bud Powell

6. McCoy Tyner


5. Oscar Peterson

Oscar peterson

4. Herbie Hancock 

Herbie Hankcock

3. Bill Evans

Bill Evans

2. Thelonious Monk


1. Art Tatum Art-Tatum

Who would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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