Jazz

The ten best jazz pianists of all time

With the exception of players like Thelonious Monk or Art Tatum, piano players don't quite have the name recognition of their horn playing counterparts. All the same, these ivory ticklers play an equally integral role in jazz. As such, just like our lists of the ten best sax players and ten best trumpeters, we put due effort into compiling this rundown of jazz's most virtuosic and compelling piano players. Keep reading for the ten best pianists of all time.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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