Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Top 50 Jazz Musicians of All Time

First posted 12/23/2011; updated 5/3/2017

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These are the top 50 jazz artists of all time according to Dave’s Music Database. The list was determined by aggregating 17 best-of lists. It is posted today, December 23, in honor of two of the entrants on this list. Jazz trumpeter and singer Chet Baker was born on this day in 1929. Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson died on this day in 2007. Click on a name to read the artist’s DMDB Music Makers Encyclopedia entry.

Louis Armstrong

1. Louis Armstrong
2. Miles Davis
3. Charlie Parker
4. Thelonious Monk
5. John Coltrane
6. Duke Ellington
7. Billie Holiday
8. Count Basie
9. Herbie Hancock
10. Ella Fitzgerald

Charlie Parker

11. Coleman Hawkins
12. Benny Goodman
13. Charles Mingus
14. Dizzy Gillespie
15. Keith Jarrett
16. Sarah Vaughan
17. Lester Young
18. Bill Evans
19. Dave Brubeck
20. Ornette Coleman

John Coltrane

21. Sonny Rollins
22. Max Roach
23. Art Tatum
24. Bud Powell
25. Django Reinhardt
26. Wynton Marsalis
27. Bix Beiderbecke
28. Fletcher Henderson
29. Stan Getz
30. Oscar Peterson

Duke Ellington

31. Fats Waller
32. Art Blakey
33. Dexter Gordon
34. Mary Lou Williams
35. Chet Baker
36. John McLaughlin
37. Charlie Christian
38. Roy Eldridge
39. Freddie Hubbard
40. Wes Montgomery

Miles Davis

41. McCoy Tyner
42. Joe Henderson
43. Pat Metheny
44. Jimmy Smith
45. Nat “King” Cole
46. Frank Sinatra
47. Scott Joplin
48. Ben Webster
49. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
50. Bessie Smith

Billie Holiday

4 comments:

  1. mie267@hotmail.comJanuary 3, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    QUE TAL!!!!! SI SI SI FUERON LOS MEJORES !!!! ES UN PLACER ..!! HOY ESCUCHARLOS !!! A TODOS !!! ME ENCANTA !!!! Y AMUCHOS LOS DISFRUTE EN VIVIO!!

    PLACER PARA EL ALMA !!! ME ENCANTA !!!

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  2. The guy portrayed in the picture with the caption "Thelonious Monk" is actually Jimmy Smith, the organ master. Do not be fools, change that name or change that picture.

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    1. Thanks for the catch. The photo has been changed.

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