When all the sectional lists of the Greatest 100 lists are tabulated and computed, in terms of career success, jazz singer Billy “Lady Day” Holiday may well be the greatest jazz artist of all-times based on the sucess of her recordings, but only just from Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the website overall Greatest Artist, followed by Thelonius Monk and Ella Fitzgerald well in their wake.
The following is a summary of the Top 5 artists and Top 10 records of the jazz era
Greatest Jazz Trumpeters: - 1.Louis Armstrong, 2. Miles Davis, 3. Dizzy Gillespie, 4. Clifford Brown, 5. Lee Morgan,
Greatest Jazz Saxophonists: - 1. Charlie Parker, 2. John Coltrane, 3. Lester Young, 4. Coleman Hawkins, 5. Sonny Rollins,
Greatest Jazz Vocalists: - 1. Billie Holiday, 2. Sarah Vaughan, 3. Ella Fitzgerald, 4. Nat King Cole, 5. Louis Armstrong,
Greatest Jazz Pianists: -1. Thelonius Monk, 2. Art Tatum, 3. Bill Evans, 4. McCoy Tyner, 5. Oscar Peterson,
Greatest Jazz bassists: - 1 Charles Mingus, 2. Stanley Clarke, 3. Paul Chambers, 4. Jaco Pastorius, 5. Ron Carter,
Greatest Jazz Artist: - 1.Louis Armstrong, 2. Duke Ellington, 3. Miles Davis, 4. Charlie Parker, 5. John Coltrane
Greatest Jazz Guitarists: - 1. Wes Montgomery, 2. Django Reinhardt, 3. Pat Metheny, 4. Joe Pass, 5. Charlie Christian
Greatest Jazz Drummers: - 1. Buddy Rich 2. Elvin Jones 3. Max Roach, 4. Roy Haynes 5. Jack DeJohnette
Greatest Jazz Albums: - 1. Lady In Satin - Billie Holiday, 2. Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown - Sarah Vaughan & Clifford Brown, 3. Ella In Rome - Ella Fitzgerald, 4. The Hottest New Group In Jazz - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, 5. September of My Years - Frank Sinatra
Greatest Jazz Instrumental: - 1. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong, 2. Round Midnight Thelonious Monk, 3. Take The A Train - Duke Ellington, 4. In The Mood - Glenn Miller, 5. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus, 6. Giant Steps - John Coltrane, 7. So What -Miles Davis, 8. Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington, 9. Naima - John Coltrane, 10. Take Five - Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond.
Greatest Jazz Ballad: - 1. Strange Fruit- Billie Holliday & Cassandra Wilson, 2. What a Wonderful World - (Louis Armstrong & Lionel Hampton), 3. Round' Midnight - Thelonious Monk & Miles Davis, 4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus & Stanley Clarke, 5. Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington & Charles Mingus