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Most Influential Jazz Musicians

John Coltrane

saxophone
born 1926

Influenced 348

Miles Davis

trumpet
born 1926

Influenced 313

Bill Evans

piano
born 1929

Influenced 224

Herbie Hancock

piano
born 1940

Influenced 199

Chick Corea

piano
born 1941

Influenced 176

Keith Jarrett

piano
born 1945

Influenced 166

Ella Fitzgerald

voice / vocals
born 1917

Influenced 160

Pat Metheny

guitar
born 1954

Influenced 157

Charlie Parker

saxophone, alto
born 1920

Influenced 150

Thelonious Monk

piano
born 1917

Influenced 132

Wayne Shorter

saxophone
born 1933

Influenced 116

Oscar Peterson

piano
born 1925

Influenced 99

Sarah Vaughan

voice / vocals
born 1924

Influenced 99

Wes Montgomery

guitar
born 1925

Influenced 92

Brad Mehldau

piano
born 1970

Influenced 89

Billie Holiday

voice / vocals
born 1915

Influenced 86

Charles Mingus

bass, acoustic
born 1922

Influenced 85

Duke Ellington

piano
born 1899

Influenced 84

Sonny Rollins

band/orchestra
born 1930

Influenced 79

Bill Frisell

guitar, electric
born 1951

Influenced 74

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