I’ve wanted to do a list of the top jazz pianists for a while now. As a jazz pianists myself I’m always looking for new music from others pianists to inspire me. This list will only pertain to current pianist still alive and active in music. So hear is my list of top jazz pianists you should be listening to now.
I’m fairly new to Bill Charlap’s Music but I’ve been into his music for the last 2 years and I’ve loved everything I’ve heard. A great example of some refreshing classic jazz. Check out his album Notes From New York if you don’t believe me.
One of my favorite album from last year was Spark. I love Hiromi’s compositions, solos, and overall energy she brings to each project she does. Can’t recommend her music enough.
A true professional pianist. Nothing else to say. Brad Mehldau is a must listen to and a must see if he’s in your town.
Just started listening to Peninsular and I’m loving it. Can’t wait to dig into Yamani’s back catalog. I love this album and this pianist is a must listen to.
A living legend and just an absolute monster on the Keys. Every album of his I love and his latest album Accelerando is no exception.
Loved Daylight Ghosts when it came out and I still love it now. Can’t wait to see what Taborn does next.
Just started listening to his music recently and I’m loving it. Recent release Minione is a must listen. One of the highlights of 2017.
My favorite album of last year came from Lara Downes. Her album America Again was a beautiful and powerful record. Can’t wait to hear more music from her in the future and will be digging into her back catalog in the meantime.
Here are the jazz pianists who are living legends. I almost didn’t include these name because I figured everyone would already know them, but hey you never know. So yeah if you haven’t listened to these musicians yet. Do so immediately.
This is not a definitive list of jazz pianist, this is not a ranking of the top jazz pianist alive. This is just a list of some of the top jazz pianist I feel everyone should be listening to. Many other pianist who are more than qualified didn’t make the list, these are just some of my favorites and it hopefully inspires you to think of your favorite jazz pianist. What pianist would make your list? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to add more pianist to my list!