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Here’s a list of 10 Jazz pianists who have had a huge influence on music. Today, many of their songs are considered classic frames of reference by all students of modern music.

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JAZZ PIANISTS IN HISTORY

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1. Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)

American pianist and founder of the Bebop movement.He is one of the most respected and most referenced Jazz composers in history.

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2. Bill Evans (1929-1980)

Bill Evans stands out as one of the key figures of Cool Jazz, which was a style with more expressive phrases and less complex phrasing and scales than the Bebop scales.

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3. Marian McPartland (1918-2013)

In the world of Jazz, historical recognition has fallen more upon men than women, but she is one of few female pianists who achieved worldwide fame and notoriety. In 2004 she received a Grammy as recognition for her career and contribution to Jazz.

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4. Dave Brubeck (1920-2012)

An incredible musician, and one of the top representatives of Cool Jazz, along with Bill Evans. Elegant, with splashes of great improvisation, he is one of the pianists who broke barriers in Jazz and reached a very wide audience.

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5. Bud Powell (1924-1966)

A New Yorker by birth, he is one of Bebop's most prominent examples. He was born into a family of musicans, but had a difficult childhood. His grandfather was a flamenco guitarist who trained in Cuba.

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6. Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Another genius born in the city of jazz, New York. He is one of the most prolific Jazz artists (he wrote more than 1,000 compositions). Some of the biggest names in Jazz passed through his orchestra.

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7. Art Tatum (1909-1956)

Art Tatum was born in Cleveland was a musician ahead of his time. In the 1930s he paved the way that years later the Bebop musicians would follow.

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8. Chick Corea (1941-2021)

American by birth and one of the top exponents of the birth of Jazz Fusion in the 1970s. He played with Miles Davis, and it was with him that he began to lay the foundations of this new genre.

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9. Herbie Hancock (1940-present)

Like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock collaborated with Miles Davis on Funk records and is one of the most transgressive Jazz musicians, and who has experiemented most with all styles and genres.

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10. Brad Mehldau (1970-present)

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One of the most promising young and up-and-coming musicians of today. We strongly recommend keeping an eye out for him as he has done and is sure to do great things.

The Top 10 Jazz Pianists in HistoryJazz pianists don’t always get the “commercial” recognition they should. But they...