You check out guitar George, he knows all the chords. Mark these sultans of swing still based on the UK scene today
10 Chris Montague
Allan Holdsworth influenced guitar genius Chris Montague can play anything.
9 Jim Mullen
Scottish soul-jazz icon Jim Mullen these days is most often heard in an organ combo situation. His heyday in the 1970s was in jazz-funk guise coming out of pub-jazz with tenor titan Dick Morrissey in the much loved Morrissey-Mullen Up era, an album that featured vocals from Luther Vandross and Cissy Houston no less.
8 Nigel Price
Come on down yes the price is right - hard touring Wes Montgomery influenced stalwart of the scene. Superb on Road Song.
7 Shirley Tetteh
First heard to considerable effect with Jazz Jamaica
6 Phil Robson
Titanic leading from the front with Wiggy in Partisans
5 Dave Okumu
Burst on to the scene with Courtney Pine - now most known for The Invisible and check him out with London Brew
4 Rob Luft
Meeting of minds in recent years with Elina Duni, Byron Wallen and his O'Higness, he of the sax rather than orb and sceptre
3 Martin Taylor
World class custodian of the spirit of Django. Papa? Nicole
2 Mike Walker
Inimitably, definitively, Impossible
1 John Etheridge
No one comes close
John Etheridge, Soft Machine legendary force on the UK jazz scene for yonks. Photo: public domain
- Beyond the UK scene the greatest UK player to make his mark globally is of course the Mahavishnu himself John McLaughlin significant in at the birth of jazz-rock fusion with Miles, later blowing allcomers away with his own hugely influential Mahavishnu Orchestra and an Indojazz innovator of distinction with Shakti.
- More in the top heads series - see the UK drummer count down