Famous Black Pianists

 1 Alicia Keys

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

 2 Mona Lisa

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 3 Nina Simone

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 4 Aretha Franklin

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 5 Marques Houston

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 6 Teddy Pendergrass

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2010

 7 Toni Braxton

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Famous As: American R&B Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Soul and R&B sensation Toni Braxton initially performed with her sisters in The Braxtons. She won three of her seven Grammys with her debut album. Known for her Billboard-charters such as Un-break My Heart, she also collaborated with Babyface, competed in Dancing with the Stars, and produced Braxton Family Values.
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 8 Nat King Cole

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Famous As: Vocalist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1965

 9 Duke Ellington

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Famous As: Composer, Pianist and Bandleader
Birthdate: April 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 24, 1974

 10 Don Shirley

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican, American
Died: April 6, 2013

 11 Thelonious Monk

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Famous As: Jazz Pianist & Composer
Birthdate: October 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 17, 1982

 12 Gil Scott-Heron

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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 27, 2011

 13 Victor Willis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 14 Lupe Fiasco

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 15 D'Angelo

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 16 Labrinth

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 17 Fats Domino

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Famous As: Pianist, Rock & Roll Musician
Birthdate: February 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 2017

 18 Eric Benét

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 19 Dennis Edwards

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 1, 2018

 20 Dinah Washington

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1963

 21 Jody Watley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 22 Jelly Roll Morton

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Famous As: Pianist, Bandleader, Composer, Conductor, Jazz musician
Birthdate: October 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 10, 1941

 23 Max Roach

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2007

 24 McCoy Tyner

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 11, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 2020

 25 Robert Glasper

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 26 W. C. Handy

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Famous As: Trumpeter, Composer, Songwriter, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Non-fiction writer, Pianist, Music journalist
Birthdate: November 16, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 28, 1958

 27 Horace Silver

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: September 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 18, 2014

 28 Ruth Brown

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 2006

 29 Ramsey Lewis

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Famous As: Radio personality, Jazz musician, Pianist
Birthdate: May 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 30 Mr. Porter

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Famous As: Music Producer
Birthdate: December 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 31 Mary Lou Williams

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Famous As: American jazz pianist
Birthdate: May 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 1981

 32 Danger Mouse

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 33 Ellis Marsalis Jr.

Ellis Marsalis Jr.
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: November 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 2020

 34 Abdullah Ibrahim

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Famous As: Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: October 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African

 35 Barry Harris

Barry Harris
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 Otis Blackwell

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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: February 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 2002

 37 Hank Jones

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 2010

 38 Anthony Braxton

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 39 Shirley Horn

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 2005

 40 Pinetop Perkins

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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: July 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 21, 2011

 41 Billy Taylor

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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: July 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 2010

 42 Cedar Walton

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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: January 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 19, 2013

 43 Blind Tom Wiggins

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Famous As: Music Performer
Birthdate: May 25, 1849
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 1908

 44 Kenny Drew

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: August 4, 1993

 45 Tadd Dameron

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 8, 1965

 46 Mulgrew Miller

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Famous As: American musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 29, 2013

 47 Randy Weston

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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: April 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 2018

 48 Bennie Moten

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Famous As: Jazz pianist
Birthdate: November 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 2, 1935

 49 Jay McShann

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 7, 2006

 50 Meade Lux Lewis

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: September 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 7, 1964