bands/musicians The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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List Rules Vote up the best jazz guitarists in history

When jazz took the stage it forever changed the world of music. Jazz is infused into almost all genres of music, even subtly. Mastering any kind of guitar is hard enough, but mastering jazz guitar takes even more skill. Who are the greatest jazz guitarists of all time? 
 
The talented musicians on this list are known for being the all time greatest when it comes to jazz guitar. This includes musicians who are both living and dead. Many of these musicians also branched out into other genres of music, including rock and country.
 
This list features the all time greatest jazz guitarists, ranked by the community's votes, and includes Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, and Joe Pass. Vote up the best jazz guitarists in history below, or add someone you think is great if he or she isn't already on the list.

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Joe Pass 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Joe Pass Hard bop, Jazz Bebop

2
+ - 353 86
Wes Montgomery 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop Smooth jazz

3
+ - 290 65
Django Reinhardt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music Gypsy jazz

4
+ - 241 103
George Benson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues Jazz

5
+ - 120 38
Barney Kessel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Barney Kessel Pop music, Cool jazz Rock music

6
+ - 245 107
Pat Metheny 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Metheny Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz Pop music

7
+ - 132 46
Jim Hall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jim Hall Cool jazz, Post-bop Jazz

8
+ - 149 57
Grant Green 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Grant Green Jazz-funk, Hard bop Jazz

9
+ - 128 46
Charlie Christian 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band Jazz

10
+ - 159 64
Kenny Burrell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kenny Burrell Cool jazz, Bebop Blues

11
+ - 173 76
John McLaughlin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music World music

12
+ - 114 43
Pat Martino 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Martino Hard bop, Jazz fusion Post-bop

13
+ - 109 49
John Scofield 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Scofield Nu jazz, Jazz-funk Acid jazz

14
+ - 76 29
Herb Ellis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Herb Ellis Cool jazz, Swing music West Coast jazz

15
+ - 134 71
Al Di Meola 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Al Di Meola Chicano rock, Rock music Instrumental rock

16
+ - 128 67
Les Paul 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Les Paul Pop music, Rock music Rock and roll

17
+ - 76 33
Tal Farlow 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Tal Farlow Cool jazz, Jazz Bebop

18
+ - 73 31
Larry Coryell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Coryell Jazz fusion, Post-bop Jazz

19
+ - 95 47
Allan Holdsworth 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Allan Holdsworth Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion Jazz

20
+ - 116 64
Chet Atkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Chet Atkins Folk music, Jazz Country

21
+ - 90 46
Larry Carlton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Carlton Pop music, Rock music Smooth jazz

22
+ - 38 10
Freddie Green 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

23
+ - 67 33
Stanley Jordan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Stanley Jordan Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
+ - 47 18
Charlie Byrd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz Latin jazz

25
+ - 59 29
Johnny Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Johnny Smith Cool jazz

26
+ - 51 23
Paco de Lucía 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Paco de Lucía Flamenco, World music Classical music

27
+ - 67 37
Bill Frisell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Bill Frisell Soundtrack, Americana Experimental rock

28
+ - 75 44
Jeff Beck 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music Instrumental rock

29
+ - 51 25
John Abercrombie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Abercrombie Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz Hard bop

30
+ - 96 61
Lee Ritenour 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lee Ritenour Jazz-funk, Pop music Sophisti-pop

31
+ - 53 27
Frank Zappa 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock Heavy metal

32
+ - 49 25
Lenny Breau 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lenny Breau Flamenco, Classical music Jazz

33
+ - 92 61
Carlos Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock Pop music

34
+ - 36 16
Bucky Pizzarelli 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Bucky Pizzarelli Swing music, Big band Jazz

35
+ - 55 32
Mike Stern 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Mike Stern Rock music, Jazz fusion Post-bop

36
+ - 16 2
Kurt Rosenwinkel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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+ - 35 17
Eddie Lang 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Eddie Lang Jazz

38
+ - 41 23
Biréli Lagrène 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Biréli Lagrène Swing music, Gypsy jazz Jazz fusion

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+ - 36 20
George Van Eps 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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+ - 47 33
Robben Ford 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Robben Ford Rock music, Jazz fusion Jazz

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+ - 32 20
John Pizzarelli 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Pizzarelli Swing music, Jazz

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+ - 32 21
Sonny Sharrock 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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+ - 36 25
Gábor Szabó 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Gábor Szabó Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion Jazz

44
+ - 30 20
Lonnie Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lonnie Johnson St. Louis blues, Jazz blues Piedmont blues

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+ - 23 15
Eric Gale 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Eric Gale Pop music, Jazz

46
+ - 29 21
Martin Taylor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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+ - 8 1
Julian Lage 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

48
+ - 18 11
Chuck Loeb 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

49
+ - 23 16
Jimmy Raney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jimmy Raney Cool jazz, Hard bop

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+ - 24 17
Steve Khan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Steve Khan Jazz