2 Nat King Cole(Singer and Jazz Pianist Best Known His Soft Baritone Voice)
3 Sting(Musician & Singer)
Sting is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Police, Sting played an important role in the band's success from 1977 to 1984 during which he served as the band's bassist, lead singer, and principal songwriter. Also known for his work as an activist, Sting has shown interest in political and social issues.
4 John Coltrane(One of the Most Influential Saxophonists in Music History)
5 Bobby Darin(Pop vocalist who released the hits "Mack the Knife," "Dream Lover," and "Beyond the Sea.")
6 Jon Batiste(Musician)
7 Charlie Parker(Jazz Saxophonist & Developer of the 'Bebop' Style of Jazz)
Charlie Parker was an American composer and jazz saxophonist. A highly influential soloist, Parker played a significant role in the development of a form of jazz called bebop. He is also credited with introducing harmonic ideas into jazz, such as chord substitutions and rapid passing chords. His contribution to jazz and bebop made him an icon of the hipster subculture.
8 Don Shirley(Classical and Jazz Pianist and Composer)
Don Shirley was an American jazz and classical pianist and composer. He is best remembered for his association with Cadence Records where he recorded many albums during the 1950s and 1960s. Apart from performing in numerous concert tours, Shirley also wrote organ symphonies and piano concerti. Shirley's friendship with his bodyguard Tony Lip was dramatized in the film Green Book.
9 Chet Baker(Trumpeter and Vocalist Known for Major Innovations in 'Cool Jazz')
Chet Baker was an American vocalist and jazz trumpeter. He achieved recognition during the 1950s and his innovations within cool jazz, a style of modern jazz music, earned him the nickname prince of cool. However, his drug addiction overshadowed much of his professional achievements. His life and work inspired the 2015 drama film Born to Be Blue.
10 Ginger Baker(Former Drummer known for co-founder and occasional vocalist of the rock band Cream)
11 Herbie Hancock(Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Keyboardist, Actor, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer)
12 Charlie Watts(Drummer)
English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.
14 Mick Taylor(Musician)
Mick Taylor soared to fame as the guitarist of iconic rock band The Rolling Stones. He has also been part of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Named to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, he was also declared one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
15 Herb Alpert(Trumpeter)
16 Buddy Rich(Musician)
17 Thelonious Monk(Jazz Pianist & Composer)
Thelonious Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer who was noted for his unorthodox approach and idiosyncrasy during his performance. Mentored by Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk contributed to bebop and was associated with Columbia and Riverside labels. His run-in with the police affected his performance after his New York City Cabaret Card was confiscated following the discovery of narcotics in a car.
18 Jaco Pastorius(Musician)
19 Django Reinhardt(Musician)
20 Chick Corea(Jazz musician, Composer)
21 Donald Fagen(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist)
22 Ralph Tresvant(Singer)
23 Dizzy Gillespie(One of the Greatest Jazz Trumpeters of All Time)
Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and singer Dizzy Gillespie developed the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge, modifying it with innovative harmony and rhythm. He popularized the bebop style of music and was famous for his signature horn-rimmed spectacles. His contribution to modern jazz earned him the title of the Ambassador of Jazz.
24 Kyle Eastwood(Actor, Composer, Jazz musician, Music arranger, Jazz guitarist, Film score composer)
25 George Benson(Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Composer, Jazz guitarist)
26 Scatman John(Musician, Singer)
27 Jack Bruce(Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter)
28 Walter Becker(Guitarist, Record producer)
29 Al Jarreau(Musician)
30 Jeff Porcaro(Former Drummer best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musicians, working on hundreds of albums and thousands of sessions)
31 Charles Mingus(One of The Greatest Jazz Musicians & Composers in History)
32 Benny Goodman(Bandleader and clarinetist)
33 Henry Mancini(Composer Best Known for His Soudtrack for the 'Peter Gunn' TV Series & 'The Pink Panther' Film Series)
34 Chet Atkins(Guitarist, Jazz musician, Record producer, Jazz guitarist, Classical guitarist, Songwriter)
35 Louis Prima(Singer-songwriter)
36 Mel Tormé(Actor, Singer, Composer, Novelist, Songwriter, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Writer)
37 Martin Kemp(Actor, Musician)
38 Wynton Marsalis(Trumpeter)
39 Oscar Peterson(Jazz Pianist)
40 Jonathan Cain(Musician Best Known as the Keyboardist and Rhythm Guitarist for the Rock Band ‘Journey')
Jonathan Cain is a singer-songwriter and musician. He is a keyboardist for the rock band Journey. Interested in music from a young age, he attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He began his professional music career in the mid-1970s and played with numerous bands before joining Journey. He is also a solo artist and owns a recording studio.