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Most Influential Jazz Musicians

John Coltrane

saxophone
born 1926

Influenced 235

Miles Davis

woodwinds
born 1926

Influenced 202

Bill Evans

piano
born 1929

Influenced 158

Herbie Hancock

piano
born 1940

Influenced 110

Chick Corea

piano
born 1941

Influenced 109

Keith Jarrett

piano
born 1945

Influenced 107

Ella Fitzgerald

voice / vocals
born 1917

Influenced 106

Pat Metheny

guitar
born 1954

Influenced 105

Charlie Parker

saxophone, alto
born 1920

Influenced 96

Thelonious Monk

piano
born 1917

Influenced 86

Oscar Peterson

piano
born 1925

Influenced 70

Wayne Shorter

saxophone
born 1933

Influenced 69

Wes Montgomery

guitar
born 1925

Influenced 60

Brad Mehldau

piano
born 1970

Influenced 59

Sarah Vaughan

voice / vocals
born 1924

Influenced 59

Charles Mingus

bass, acoustic
born 1922

Influenced 57

Sonny Rollins

saxophone
born 1930

Influenced 54

Billie Holiday

voice / vocals
born 1915

Influenced 51

Duke Ellington

piano
born 1899

Influenced 51

Chet Baker

trumpet
born 1929

Influenced 50

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