The Top 20 Best Jazz Pianists of All Time [Infographic]

Jazz has been a beloved musical genre for decades. Throughout its evolution, there have been Jazz artists that stand out such as Thelonius Monk, Count Basie, and Nat “King” Cole, but there are many artists that you may not be familiar with who are just as great.

While the saxophone and trumpet may come to mind when you think of Jazz, the piano has actually been a staple of the genre. Artists such as Duke Ellington have made it the backbone of many songs. To learn more about jazz piano and the musicians who made it famous, check out the infographic below to read about and listen to 20 of the best jazz pianists of all time.


  1. I would choose James P. Johnson over Willie “the Lion” Smith for his contribution to the solidity of piano style pre-Earl Hines and Fats Waller. Fats Waller’s two-fisted, flawess-tempoed approach in a direct antecedent of his studies with James P. Johnson. Also, he’s left a number of influence stride-based compositions in the pre-swing era canon.

  2. No Charles Mingus?
    Personally would have put him in, but that could be because I’m a bassist

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