Best Jazz Artists

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The Top Ten

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


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


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


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

8Django Reinhardt

9Charlie Parker

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!


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

12Nat King Cole

13Stacey Kent

14Herbie Hancock
My new favorite jazz artist (with me being a saxaphonist Bennie's work is the key element for me).


15Diana Krall

16Dexter Gordon

17Sonny Rollins

18Charles Mingus
The liner notes on one of his albums are from his physcologist. That tells you how good he is!

19Julie London

20Ornette Coleman

21The Modern Jazz Quartet

22Stan Getz

23Robbie Williams
Swing When You're Winning

24Astrud Gilberto

25Wayne Shorter

26Chick Corea
Unbelievable keyboard player... The melodic lines he thinks of on the spot are inconceivable!

27Jamie Cullum
Momentum is his momentum on Jazz

28Bill Evans
One of the best jazz pianist

29George 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.


30Chet Baker

31Thelonious Monk

32Michael Buble
He's #1 no questions

33Max Roach
Max actually has INTERSETING music! Think of that!

34Vagif Mustafazadeh
His works... Life itself... I can't describe. Just listen, dream and enjoy the harmony of music...


35Peggy Lee

36Marcus Miller

37Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman is obviously the best. His jazz band was the first jazz band to ever play at carnegie hall.

38Joe Pass

39Return to Forever

40Billie 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...

41Johnny Hodges

42Ziad Rahbani

43Art Blakey

44Dave Brubeck

45Fats Waller

46Sarah Vaughan

47Dizzy Gillespie

48Toots Thielemans
91 years old and still performing! King of jazz harmonica

49Harry Connick, Jr

50George Gershwin

51Weather Report

52Count Basie

53Mahavishnu 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.

54Jumaane Smith

55Wes Montgomery

56Roland Hanna

57McCoy Tyner

58Joe Zawinul

59Roy Ayers

60Stanley Turrentine

61Keith Jarrett

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