Best Jazz Artists

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1Miles Davis

most albums, songs; he invented a different kind of jazz

2John Coltrane

he is such a freakin great saxaphonist. any jazz saxaphonist (like myself) studies him day in and day out and can only dream of being as good as him - fireinside96

3Herbie Hancock

My new favorite jazz artist (with me being a saxaphonist Bennie's work is the key element for me). - fireinside96

4Norah Jones
5Duke Ellington

he is just awesome. I can't stop listening to him. Whenever I open Itunes, the first song I listen to is always one of Duke Ellington's songs.

He's the best of the best his music is inspiring and he composed and played his whole life like 50 years

6Return to Forever
7Louis Armstrong

No matter who is the next generation of good Jazzmen/women, no matter how many classic jazz albums have come out, no matter how many good jazz instrumentals we hear or have heard, Louis Armstrong will be to jazz as Elvis was to rock, and Michael Jacskson was to pop. He will be the king of Jazz forever - greatesttop10s

I can't believe he's not on this list! Ever heard What a wonderful World? - Alpha101

La Vie en Rose. Although it's a cover, his version is quite dreamy.

8Charlie Parker
9Frank Sinatra

Don't understand why he is not at number one?

Because he is Frank Sinatra

10Django Reinhardt

The Contenders

11Amy Winehouse

She had just something special. If you only listen to the sound if her voice (and not to the lyrics) you know what she's singing about.

And her lyrics: I haven't understood yet how a person can put so many emotions in a few words... she was a personality, there isn't another person who is as 'different' as her.

She is THE jazz musician for me, I'll never forget her! - AllRockMusicGirl

Amy was an incredible talent with a totally unique voice who was enjoyable whether drunk or sober. Too bad she said no, no, no.

Amy was something special. What she had was unexplainable. She was a true jazz singer.

Queen of all jazz!

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12Tony Bennett
13Weather Report
14Mahavishnu Orchestra

Maybe more on the rock side than jazz, but the styles and purely insane masturbation produced in the music makes them one of the best in all jazz rock/fusion.

15Chick Corea

Unbelievable keyboard player... The melodic lines he thinks of on the spot are inconceivable!

16Al Di Meola
17Charles Mingus

The liner notes on one of his albums are from his physcologist. That tells you how good he is!

18Sonny Rollins
19Dexter Gordon
20Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald should be right at the top of this list. No one does ballads and up-tempo numbers with the same fluency and consistency as Ella. Even fellow greats like Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington and Ira Gershwin have praised her beyond themselves

One of the best singers ever and a queen of jazz

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