Music Metrics Vault

Jazz

Most popular artists in Jazz

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre jazz by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
4,664,697
2,483,089
2
4,314,583
447,603
3
3,720,739
356,339
4
3,512,690
1,903,192
5
2,870,437
1,145,117
6
2,421,958
2,530,567
7
2,262,743
1,651,508
8
1,920,933
292,356
9
1,744,177
883,691
10
1,710,206
462,023
11
1,628,620
695,654
12
1,354,002
191,371
13
1,271,845
688,056
14
Sarah Vaughan
1,221,705
647,469
15
1,133,351
277,548
16
Lester Young
831,077
145,924
17
Thelonious Monk
820,879
658,363
18
Charlie Parker
795,534
619,326
19
John Coltrane Quartet
784,881
209,706
20
Benny Goodman
783,425
379,291
21
Coleman Hawkins
773,253
131,816
22
Cannonball Adderley
769,568
209,958
23
Gerry Mulligan
739,061
101,713
24
Ben Webster
720,807
96,709
25
Wes Montgomery
715,179
272,625
26
Miles Davis Quintet
708,532
298,640
27
Dizzy Gillespie
685,674
424,831
28
Keith Jarrett
682,597
368,876
29
Chick Corea
668,264
366,056
30
Dave Brubeck
666,903
409,621
31
Paul Desmond
665,906
159,136
32
McCoy Tyner
662,425
131,967
33
Bill Evans Trio
628,471
270,168
34
Yusef Lateef
620,210
132,727
35
Erroll Garner
593,980
110,773
36
Sonny Rollins
578,873
346,185
37
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
560,135
221,761
38
Pat Metheny
540,631
356,612
39
Pat Metheny Group
526,731
209,060
40
Django Reinhardt
524,678
397,424
41
Dexter Gordon
480,018
209,612
42
Hank Mobley
475,833
91,946
43
Charles Mingus
467,473
462,992
44
Horace Silver
452,472
119,407
45
Red Garland
451,730
63,542
46
Wynton Marsalis
437,876
228,787
47
Donald Byrd
427,935
131,654
48
Lee Morgan
423,062
143,839
49
Wayne Shorter
401,361
222,876
50
Brad Mehldau
397,999
223,251
51
Kenny Dorham
386,941
80,166
52
Stanley Clarke
371,495
143,426
53
Roy Hargrove
363,952
154,205
54
Art Tatum
353,369
160,118
55
Esperanza Spalding
347,122
380,852
56
Kenny Burrell
339,775
87,276
57
Jack DeJohnette
335,774
40,508
58
Lionel Hampton
328,223
66,245
59
Thelonious Monk Septet
321,518
39,010
60
Art Pepper
319,421
75,385
61
Charlie Parker Quartet
313,166
58,841
62
Snarky Puppy
313,096
697,763
63
Grant Green
307,397
122,522
64
Ahmad Jamal
306,154
156,518
65
Sonny Clark
302,023
57,043
66
Clifford Brown
301,117
135,198
67
Joe Henderson
291,187
126,816
68
Fats Waller
290,468
128,413
69
The Modern Jazz Quartet
277,727
115,877
70
Bud Powell
271,456
109,661
71
Ahmad Jamal Trio
267,580
86,502
72
Sun Ra
259,846
194,996
73
Charlie Haden
254,351
75,126
74
John Scofield
252,930
177,130
75
Jimmy Smith
248,948
103,405
76
Paul Motian
242,303
18,542
77
Oliver Nelson
241,348
61,090
78
Jaco Pastorius
238,127
307,232
79
Freddie Hubbard
235,945
172,683
80
Billy Cobham
233,055
124,225
81
Pharoah Sanders
213,948
159,492
82
Avishai Cohen
213,120
203,712
83
Tommy Flanagan
212,658
44,447
84
Joshua Redman
211,432
107,594
85
Art Farmer
205,140
49,969
86
Buddy Rich
204,981
136,565
87
John McLaughlin
204,633
124,762
88
Bobby Hutcherson
182,699
49,124
89
Weather Report
178,479
272,400
90
Return To Forever
176,080
104,818
91
Art Blakey
175,311
129,603
92
Aaron Parks
170,709
50,835
93
Gerry Mulligan Quartet
164,877
21,853
94
Brad Mehldau Trio
160,155
62,153
95
Bud Powell Trio
154,528
14,037
96
Milt Jackson
150,841
36,645
97
Victor Wooten
141,367
212,770
98
Wynton Kelly
134,129
39,304
99
Max Roach
127,403
89,077
100
Gary Burton
123,106
51,593
101
Sonny Rollins Quartet
112,026
12,627
102
Miles Davis Quartet
106,620
100,883
103
John Patitucci
105,859
71,231
104
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
102,440
139,234
105
Walter Smith III
102,405
16,106
106
Charlie Parker And His Orchestra
100,933
20,195
107
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
100,803
29,871
108
Ambrose Akinmusire
99,748
48,431
109
Michael Brecker
99,525
64,167
110
Keith Jarrett Trio
97,724
54,990
111
Christian McBride
95,032
60,142
112
The Bad Plus
90,922
96,770
113
Gerald Clayton
88,880
26,551
114
Ron Carter
86,892
66,410
115
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
86,817
39,793
116
Brian Blade
85,008
34,796
117
The Brecker Brothers
84,647
55,862
118
Count Basie Orchestra
81,940
59,467
119
McCoy Tyner Trio
79,184
21,852
120
Ornette Coleman
76,963
132,452
121
Dave Holland
76,564
32,962
122
Mahavishnu Orchestra
74,490
155,141
123
Kenny Garrett
73,568
64,787
124
Horace Silver Quintet
64,728
19,274
125
Chick Corea Elektric Band
62,622
116,840
126
Gil Evans
62,138
32,556
127
Michel Petrucciani
60,716
84,008
128
Eric Dolphy
60,400
88,427
129
Elvin Jones
60,191
50,979
130
Branford Marsalis
54,417
59,070
131
Joshua Redman Quartet
51,372
19,696
132
Orrin Evans
51,041
6,183
133
Tony Williams
48,452
47,142
134
Roy Eldridge
46,192
27,056
135
Paul Chambers
40,122
37,001
136
Roy Haynes
34,659
20,518
137
Yusuke Shima
32,545
3,816
138
Joe Zawinul
29,149
48,964
139
Terri Lyne Carrington
28,837
13,129
140
Ari Hoenig
28,546
20,649
141
Thelonious Monk Quartet
25,825
83,835
142
Regina Carter
21,271
11,705
143
Miles Davis Sextet
17,163
78,466
144
Charlie Parker Quintet
13,555
59,788
145
Art Blakey Quintet
9,761
27,915
146
The Laszlo Project
8,407
3,362
147
Thelonious Monk Quintet
7,751
37,440
148
Christian Sands
6,955
11,762
149
John Beasley
6,666
3,694
150
Charlie Parker Sextet
5,705
32,186
151
Charlie Parker & Miles Davis
2,046
18,276
152
Thelonious Monk Orchestra
1,043
19,275
153
Arseny Rykov Trio
115
85
154
Gregg August
58
284

Some info about jazz

Jazz, a profoundly impactful genre of music, originated in the late 19th to early 20th century in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States. It emerged as a fusion of African and European music traditions, underpinned by the rhythms and melodic sensibilities from Africa, and the harmonic structures from Europe. A profound sense of expression, improvisation, and freedom characterizes jazz, distancing it from the rigid structures of classical European music.

Jazz music is intrinsically linked to the idea of American democracy, symbolizing individual freedom of expression entwined with a collective collaboration. It first garnered mainstream attention through the vibrant setting of New Orleans, where the blend of cultures, races, and sounds created a fertile ground for this innovative genre. The migration of African Americans to the urban north, especially during the Great Migration, was a crucial factor in its spread across America. Cities like Chicago, New York City, and Kansas City became hotbeds for jazz growth, giving birth to styles such as Chicago jazz, swing, and bebop.

The genre is etched with the legacy of its pioneering artists, Louis Armstrong, whose intoxicating trumpet playing and unique vocal charm catapulted jazz into the global limelight, remains one of the most influential figures. Duke Ellington, an artist who came to prominence through the Harlem Renaissance, transformed jazz into a sophisticated art form full of new possibilities. Ella Fitzgerald, known as the "First Lady of Song", captured hearts with her extraordinary vocal versatility and intricate phrasing—a pillar in jazz vocal styling.

Bebop emerged in the 1940s, characterized by fast tempos, complex harmonies, and intricate improvisations, with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk among its principal architects. This era marked jazz’s evolution into a more artistically challenging and less dance-oriented music. Miles Davis, later innovating with Modal Jazz and Fusion, stretched the genre boundaries, linking jazz with rock and funk rhythms.

The international spread of jazz saw it taking root in countries like France, which celebrated and embraced many expatriate musicians during a time when racial discrimination still plagued their homeland. Japan also developed a fervent jazz community, integrating the genre into its cultural fabric. Today, jazz is celebrated worldwide, with international jazz festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands drawing global audiences.

Jazz has influenced many other genres of music, including rock, and classical. Its ethos of improvisation and the interplay between musicians have permeated the approach to musical collaboration globally. Over the decades, the genre has constantly reinvented itself, each time creating sub-genres like Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, and even electronic jazz fusions.

Contemporary jazz continues to thrive, championed by artists such as Kamasi Washington, who incorporates elements of hip-hop, classical, and R&B into his compositions. Norah Jones and Michael Bublé have brought jazz standards to a broader audience, while Esperanza Spalding has infused it with rich lyrical content and modern interpretations.

Jazz arguably remains one of the most innovative, adaptive, and influential musical forms. Its ability to absorb elements from various genres, transform and transcend cultural boundaries, speaks to a continually evolving dialogue between music creators and listeners around the world. For music enthusiasts, jazz is not just a genre but a journey into the very spirit of creativity and expression.