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Who are the most influential jazz artists of all time? Find out at All About Jazz


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Discover who the most influential jazz musicians are courtesy of jazz musicians and researchers worldwide.
Jazz musicians are identifying their influencers and All About Jazz is aggregating the data and presenting it to our readers.

Back in 2018 we quietly launched a feature and encouraged musicians to select the primary influencers of their music. We thought it would be a fun project to identify jazz's lineage. It also represented a new way for readers to discover jazz musicians and their music.

We're just getting started, but you can see who musicians have designated as the most influential here. Click the influenced count to view who was influenced by the corresponding musician. Using Pat Metheny as an example, you can see who was influenced by his music then follow the link to discover who influenced Pat Metheny. If you would like to help us with our jazz influencers project by identifying the influencers of legacy musicians (e.g. Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, etc.), please contact us here or post a note in the comments section below.

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Most Influential Jazz Musicians

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Musicians Influenced by John Coltrane

About an All About Jazz Musician Page

All About Jazz hosts over 120,000 musician pages. Musicians can claim their pages and maintain them (like a Wikipedia bio page). One section on the musician page update form includes Influencers—musicians can identify up to ten.

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