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Most Influential Jazz Musicians

John Coltrane

saxophone
born 1926

Influenced 259

Miles Davis

trumpet
born 1926

Influenced 220

Bill Evans

piano
born 1929

Influenced 177

Herbie Hancock

piano
born 1940

Influenced 129

Chick Corea

piano
born 1941

Influenced 120

Ella Fitzgerald

voice / vocals
born 1917

Influenced 118

Pat Metheny

guitar
born 1954

Influenced 117

Keith Jarrett

piano
born 1945

Influenced 116

Charlie Parker

saxophone, alto
born 1920

Influenced 111

Thelonious Monk

piano
born 1917

Influenced 96

Wayne Shorter

saxophone
born 1933

Influenced 80

Oscar Peterson

piano
born 1925

Influenced 76

Sarah Vaughan

voice / vocals
born 1924

Influenced 71

Wes Montgomery

guitar
born 1925

Influenced 65

Charles Mingus

bass, acoustic
born 1922

Influenced 64

Brad Mehldau

piano
born 1970

Influenced 61

Duke Ellington

piano
born 1899

Influenced 60

Billie Holiday

voice / vocals
born 1915

Influenced 59

Chet Baker

trumpet
born 1929

Influenced 56

Sonny Rollins

saxophone
born 1930

Influenced 56

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