Best Jazz Artists

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The Top Ten

1
Miles Davis
most albums, songs; he invented a different kind of jazz

2Frank Sinatra
Don't understand why he is not at number one?
Because he is Frank Sinatra

3John 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


4Norah Jones

5Ella 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

6Duke 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

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

9Django Reinhardt

10Tony Bennett

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 something special. What she had was unexplainable. She was a true jazz singer.
Queen of all jazz!

12Nat King Cole

13Herbie Hancock
My new favorite jazz artist (with me being a saxaphonist Bennie's work is the key element for me).

fireinside96


14Stacey Kent

15Diana Krall

16Dexter Gordon

17Sonny Rollins

18Julie London

19Charles Mingus
The liner notes on one of his albums are from his physcologist. That tells you how good he is!

20The Modern Jazz Quartet

21Ornette Coleman

22Stan Getz

23Astrud Gilberto

24Chick Corea
Unbelievable keyboard player... The melodic lines he thinks of on the spot are inconceivable!

25Bill Evans
One of the best jazz pianist

26Wayne Shorter

27George Benson
I'm thinking George Benson should be a lot higher then 17 not only does he hum the solo but plays it. Very gifted note for not guitarist (Plus he plays clean undistorted for the most part lead AND RYTHEM Guitar simultaneously. Goerge for #1
come on guys. George is a great fusion of jazz and soul. Just take a listen to Give Me The Night. he is the king.

fireinside96


28Jamie Cullum

29Chet Baker

30Thelonious Monk

31Michael Buble
He's #1 no questions

32Vagif Mustafazadeh
His works... Life itself... I can't describe. Just listen, dream and enjoy the harmony of music...

Yunis


33Robbie Williams
Swing When You're Winning

34Peggy Lee

35Marcus Miller

36Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman is obviously the best. His jazz band was the first jazz band to ever play at carnegie hall.

37Max Roach
Max actually has INTERSETING music! Think of that!

38Joe Pass

39Return to Forever

40Johnny Hodges

41Ziad Rahbani

42Art Blakey

43Dave Brubeck

44Fats Waller

45Sarah Vaughan

46Dizzy Gillespie

47Toots Thielemans
91 years old and still performing! King of jazz harmonica

48Harry Connick, Jr

49George Gershwin

50Weather Report

51Count Basie

52Mahavishnu 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.

53Billie Holiday
Are you guys kidding me? Billie Holiday is one of the jazz greats! Everything about her is amazing... Her signature style of singing half a beat behind but never off tune and the obvious pain and experience in her voice as she sings. Honestly... When she sings it lets you know that no one will ever sing like that again... The era of great jazz singers is over...

54Roland Hanna

55McCoy Tyner

56Joe Zawinul

57Roy Ayers

58Stanley Turrentine

59Keith Jarrett

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