Best Jazz Artists

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1Miles Davis

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

A true innovator. I don't know anything about Jazz, but the few albums I've heard by him blew me away

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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

3Django Reinhardt
4Louis 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.

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5Herbie Hancock

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

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

7Norah Jones
8Frank Sinatra

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

He had the biggest voice ever "made"!

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9Return to Forever
10Charlie Parker

Really, #9... Name any jazz musician who could solo as good as "bird"... Still can't think of one? Exactly!

The Newcomers

?Nikki Yanofsky

Incredible, vote! She sung the 210 Olympic theme song! - Bigpickleman

Amazing Artist, deserves to be in the top 20!

The Contenders

11Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse absolutely does not get the credit she deserves. What my generation, and even some of the older generations seem to have an extremely difficult time understanding is she LIVED the jazz lifestyle! Our greatest jazz vocalist and other jazz musicians have been through some of the same things (i.E. - Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker) The difference is, following her horrid relationship with her ex husband and her bad decision to engage in hard drugs she was "raped" for lack of better word by the ridiculous tabloids. There are no words good enough to describe how huge her talent is, as both a singer and song writer. The standards she has sang are impeccable and her own material is original, thought provoking and beyond a pleasure to listen to.

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.

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12Tony Bennett

He's still got it. Don't belive me? Listen to the album Cheek To Cheek he made with Lady Gaga, who, by the way also has an incredible rich voice for Jazz. - Britgirl

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!

16Charles Mingus

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

If you don't think he's the best, listen to hatian fight song. The End

17Al Di Meola
18Ella 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

It's hard to believe that this lady is so low down on this list. I love Amy Winehouse, she had an incredible Jazz voice but to place her above Ella? Come on! - Britgirl

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19Sonny Rollins
20Charlie Christian
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