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Your Favorite Living Jazz Bassists

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Member votes were tabulated and this list represents our favorite living jazz bassists. Fully transparent and easily verifiable, All About Jazz's living bassists poll was conducted during the 2022 calendar year running from March to November. We would like to thank every member who participated in creating this impressive list (200 total!) for the next generation of jazz enthusiasts.

1
Ron Carter
bass
4
John Patitucci
bass, acoustic
10
Larry Grenadier
bass, acoustic
12
16
18
John Clayton
drums
20
23
Reuben Rogers
bass, acoustic
25
Rufus Reid
bass, acoustic
26
Drew Gress
bass
27
Michael Formanek
bass, acoustic
28
Thomas Morgan
bass, acoustic
35
Tony Levin
bass
36
Michael Bisio
bass, acoustic
37
Palle Danielsson
bass, acoustic
38
Arild Andersen
bass, acoustic
39
Eric Revis
bass
40
Mark Egan
bass
41
42
Ben Williams
bass, electric
44
Richard Davis
bass, acoustic
46
Ben Allison
bass, acoustic
47
48
49
Barry Guy
bass
51
52
Steve Rodby
bass, acoustic
53
Richard Bona
bass, electric
5
54
55
Anthony Jackson
bass, electric
58
Harvie S
bass, acoustic
5
59
61
Alex Blake
bass
62
64
Ben Street
bass
65
67
Mark Dresser
bass, acoustic
68
Joe Fonda
bass, acoustic
70
72
73
Ben Wolfe
bass
4
75
76
Abraham Laboriel
bass, electric
77
Pino Palladino
bass, electric
78
Paul McCartney
bass, electric
79
80
Tom Kennedy
bass, electric
82
Matthew Garrison
bass, electric
83
84
Martin Wind
bass, acoustic
85
Marion Hayden
bass, acoustic
86
87
Neal Miner
bass, acoustic
88
Ari Roland
bass
89
Mike Boone
bass
91
92
Dominique di Piazza
bass, electric
93
Bootsy Collins
bass, electric
94
MeShell NdegeOcello
bass, electric
95
Mike Pope
bass
97
Kris Funn
bass
98
100
101
Chris Wood
bass
102
Mono Neon
bass, electric
103
Essiet Okon Essiet
bass, acoustic
104
105
106
107
Neal Caine
bass, acoustic
108
109
110
113
Bob Magnusson
bass, acoustic
114
Chuck Israels
bass, acoustic
115
Mimi Jones
bass
116
117
Joris Teepe
bass, acoustic
118
119
Sting
bass, electric
120
121
Gerald Veasley
bass, electric
122
Dan Loomis
bass
124
Adam Lane
bass, acoustic
125
126
127
128
129
131
132
Neil Swainson
bass, acoustic
133
Greg Cohen
bass, acoustic
134
135
Nilson Matta
bass, acoustic
137
Michael Manring
bass, electric
138
139
Larry Gray
bass, acoustic
140
Jorge Roeder
bass, acoustic
142
143
Matt Ulery
bass, acoustic
145
146
147
Silvia Bolognesi
bass, acoustic
148
149
Phil Lesh
bass, electric
150
151
David Wong
bass
152
Sal La Rocca
bass, acoustic
153
154
155
156
157
158
Kim A. Clarke
bass, acoustic
159
Ameen Saleem
bass, acoustic
160
Sean Smith
bass, acoustic
161
Joe Martin
bass
162
163
164
165
166
Alan Silva
bass, acoustic
167
Bill Crow
bass, acoustic
168
Melvin Gibbs
bass, electric
169
Petros Klampanis
bass, acoustic
170
Rick Rosato
bass, acoustic
172
Shayna Dulberger
bass, acoustic
173
Marcus Shelby
bass, acoustic
174
175
Bunny Brunel
bass, acoustic
176
David Finck
bass, acoustic
177
Todd Sickafoose
bass, acoustic
178
180
Gene Perla
bass
181
Nate White
bass, electric
182
Kristin Korb
bass, acoustic
183
Tony Grey
bass, electric
184
185
Jeff Johnson
bass, acoustic
186
Kenny Davis
bass, acoustic
189
190
Iris Ornig
bass
191
Damon Smith
bass, acoustic
192
Carol Kaye
bass, electric
193
Johannes Weidenmueller
bass, acoustic
195
John Webber
bass, acoustic
196
197
198
Leon Lee Dorsey
bass, acoustic
200
Damian Erskine
bass, electric

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