The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

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Looking for the best jazz pianists in the world? Look no further! In this blog post, we’ll round up some of the most talented musicians in the genre, so you can start filling up your playlist with some great tunes.

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock is an American jazz pianist and composer who has been active since the 1940s. He is one of the most influential and innovative musicians in jazz, and his career has spanned over six decades. Hancock has won numerous Grammy Awards and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner is a legendary jazz pianist who has influenced generations of musicians. Tyner was born in Philadelphia in 1938 and began playing piano at the age of six. He studied music theory and composition at the Granoff School of Music before embarking on a career as a professional musician. Tyner has worked with some of the most famous names in jazz, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Sonny Rollins. He has also released over 70 albums as a leader.

Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett is an American jazz and classical music pianist. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, then moved to Miles Davis’s group. He has recorded many albums as a solo pianist and with the Keith Jarrett Trio. His best-known work is The Köln Concert, which is the best-selling piano recording in history.

Chick Corea

Chick Corea is an internationally renowned jazz pianist who has been described as “one of the great living jazz pianists”. He has won 22 Grammy Awards and been nominated for 63, more than any other jazz artist in history. He has also been voted Pianist of the Year by the readers of DownBeat magazine a record 10 times.

Corea began his career as a sideman for many of the biggest names in jazz, including Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie. He soon launched his own successful solo career with a series of influential albums that helped define the genre of jazz fusion. His best-known works include the albums Return to Forever (1972) and The Leprechaun (1976).

Over the course of his career, Corea has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, andKeith Jarrett. He continues to tour and record regularly, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Oscar Peterson

Considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Oscar Peterson was born in Montreal, Canada in 1925. He began playing piano at the age of five and by the age of seven, he was performing on Canadian radio. His first recordings were made with his own trio in 1949 and he continued to perform and record throughout his career. He won numerous Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998. Peterson died in 2007 at the age of 82.

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