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Most Influential Jazz Musicians

John Coltrane

saxophone
born 1926

Influenced 252

Miles Davis

trumpet
born 1926

Influenced 212

Bill Evans

piano
born 1929

Influenced 172

Herbie Hancock

piano
born 1940

Influenced 123

Chick Corea

piano
born 1941

Influenced 118

Pat Metheny

guitar
born 1954

Influenced 115

Ella Fitzgerald

voice / vocals
born 1917

Influenced 113

Keith Jarrett

piano
born 1945

Influenced 113

Charlie Parker

saxophone, alto
born 1920

Influenced 108

Thelonious Monk

piano
born 1917

Influenced 92

Wayne Shorter

saxophone
born 1933

Influenced 78

Oscar Peterson

piano
born 1925

Influenced 73

Sarah Vaughan

voice / vocals
born 1924

Influenced 67

Wes Montgomery

guitar
born 1925

Influenced 64

Charles Mingus

bass, acoustic
born 1922

Influenced 62

Brad Mehldau

piano
born 1970

Influenced 61

Duke Ellington

piano
born 1899

Influenced 58

Sonny Rollins

saxophone
born 1930

Influenced 56

Billie Holiday

voice / vocals
born 1915

Influenced 55

Chet Baker

trumpet
born 1929

Influenced 53

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