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The trombone is a versatile instrument that is a staple of jazz music and essential to all jazz ensembles. The jazz trombone players on this list are the best in the world and include some pioneers and icons of the instrument and the genre. But who is the best living jazz trombonist in the world?

The trombone is a brass instrument and sound is produced through the vibrations of a player’s lips. The instrument’s telescoping slide changes the pitch and length of the note, and without keys like many other instruments, it takes great practice to master the positions of each note and trombonists must have a feel for their instrument.  

The trombone is used in classical music, orchestral music, but is incredibly popular in jazz music. These best trombone players in the world all specialize in jazz and are the best trombonists in jazz music today. They have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or and improvisational solo.

The best trombonists in the world or jazz music today include top musicians like Curtis Fuller, Wayne Henderson, Bill Watrous, and Delfeayo Marsalis. To become one of the best jazz trombonists in the world takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and dedication to the craft. Cast your votes below for the best jazz trombonists in the world.

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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Curtis Fuller Blue Train, BLUES ette, Boss of the Soul-Stream Trombone

The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time The Best '90s Kung Fu Movies

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Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Bill Watrous A Time for Love, Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Space Available

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Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Wycliffe Gordon We, Bone Structure, In the Cross

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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Slide Hampton Jazz With a Twist / Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton, Jazz in Paris: Exodus, Mellow-Dy

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Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Frank Rosolino Quintet, Free For All, Fond Memories Of . . .

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Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Urbie Green East Coast Jazz Series 6, The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green, The Urbie Green 6-Tet

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Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Steve Turre Lotus Flower 1999, Sanctified Shells, One4J

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Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Michael Davis Sidewalk Cafe, Heroes, Midnight Crossing

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Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Phil Wilson The Wizard of Oz Suite, Phil Wilson's Pan American All Stars Celebrate the Music of Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim, Pal Joey Suite (With the NDR Big Band)

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Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Conrad Herwig A Voice Through the Door, The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock, The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

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Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Jiggs Whigham Nice 'n' Easy

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Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Roswell Rudd Everywhere, Mixed, Numatik Swing Band

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Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Julian Priester Love Love, Spiritsville, Hints on Light and Shadow

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Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Grachan Moncur III Evolution, Some Other Stuff, Exploration

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Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time The 36 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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John Allred is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
John Allred Played with Harry Connick, Jr.,  Toshiko Akiyoshi, and the Woody Herman Orchestra

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Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Wayne Henderson Step Into Our Life & Prime Time, Prime Time

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Robin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Robin Eubanks Critical Mass, Karma, Different Perspectives

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Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Bruce Fowler Ants Can Count

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Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Delfeayo Marsalis Pontius Pilate's Decision

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Paul The Trombonist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Paul The Trombonist

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John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
John Fedchock New York Big Band

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Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Ray Anderson What Because, Big Band Record, Heads and Tales

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Frank Lacy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Frank Lacy Tonal Weights & Blue Fire, Settegast Strut: Live at moods, Heaven Sent

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Edward Neumeister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Edward Neumeister Metro Music, New Standards, Reflection

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Eric Breeze is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Eric Breeze Big Band Spectacular, Swing Squadron

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Ronald Westray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Ronald Westray Bone Structure

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Clarence Banks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Clarence Banks In Case You Missed It, Best of Both World, Side Hampton - World of Trombones

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Clifton Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Clifton Anderson Landmarks

The Best Songs with World in the Title The Best Things About Fall

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Josh Roseman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Josh Roseman Kodály: We Are None Of Us Precious, New Constellations: Live in Vienna

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Eddie Atkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Eddie Atkins Incredible, Mary Mary, Thankful

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Gary Valente is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Gary Valente Live!

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Dennis Rollins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dennis Rollins BadBone, Make Your Move

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Bill Hughes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Bill Hughes Trombones

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Rick Simerly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Rick Simerly Obscurity

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James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World

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Frank Demond is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Frank Demond Because of You, Best of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Songs of New Orleans

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Douglas Purviance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Douglas Purviance Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard

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Dave Horler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dave Horler Rolling Down 7th

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Al Cron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Al Cron Circles and Roots, Al Cron Quintet

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Art Baron is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Art Baron Creole Love Call

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Mike Fahn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Mike Fahn Close Your Eyes... and Listen

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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World

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Christophe Schweizer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World

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Rick Culver is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Rick Culver Painted Scarves, I'm Old Fashioned