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

Miles really changed the game when it came to jazz music. If he wasn't around, I don't think we would've had artists like Robert Glasper and Christian Scott today. - Mcgillacuddy

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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

3Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

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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4Django Reinhardt
5Herbie Hancock

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

6Charlie Parker

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

7Duke 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

8Norah Jones

Norah Jones as 6? No offense, but this must be a joke. - classick

9Frank SinatraFrancis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

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

He had the biggest voice ever "made"!

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11Amy WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

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

Crazy and weird, yet not free chaos. Structured chaos is 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

17Ella FitzgeraldElla Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

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

One of the best singers ever and a queen of jazz

I adore this woman. She's just amazing. - Britgirl

18Al Di Meola
19Sonny Rollins
20Dexter Gordon
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