bands/musicians The Best Trumpeters in the World  

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List Rules This list is all about the greatest living trumpeters, so vote up your favorite and add any that may be missing.

The trumpet is one of the most popular and diverse musical instruments in the world. It's permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of brass instruments and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite trumpeters. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.

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44 19
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

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Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

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Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Allen Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

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40 27
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

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Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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25 15
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

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Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

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20 14
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

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24 20
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
James Morrison Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

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Raymond Mase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Raymond Mase Contemporary; jazz; smooth jazz

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Ole Edvard Antonsen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Ole Edvard Antonsen

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Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; Latin pop

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Phil Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Driscoll Contemporary Christian music

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Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

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Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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Kiwzo Fumero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
yyyuuuuucaaaaaa added Kiwzo Fumero jazz, bigband, latin jazz, latin.

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Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Thomas Gansch

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Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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11 14
Terence Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Terence Blanchard Hard bop, Jazz, Film score

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Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

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11 15
Niklas Eklund is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Niklas Eklund Classical; Baroque

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10 14
Ryan Kisor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ryan Kisor Jazz; blues

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Claudio Roditi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Claudio Roditi Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin pop

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Adam Rapa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Adam Rapa Jazz; blues; classical

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Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chris Botti Smooth jazz, Jazz

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Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Christian Scott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
ガレット ブレット added Christian Scott Hip hop music, Fusion, Rock music

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Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
ガレット ブレット added Tom Harrell

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Nicholas Payton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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Matthias Carlier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Matthias Carlier Classical; contemporary; ballet

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5 12
Leroy Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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Fabrizio Bosso is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Fabrizio Bosso Classical; contemporary

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Paolo Fresu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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6 15
Enrico Rava is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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5 14
David Krauss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
David Krauss Classical

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5 14
Barry Hillam is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Barry Hillam Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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7 17
Irvin Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Irvin Mayfield Latin jazz, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz

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4 13
Flavio Boltro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Flavio Boltro Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin Pop

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4 14
Andrea Giuffredi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Andrea Giuffredi Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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6 17
Chuck Arnold is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chuck Arnold Jazz; Blues

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5 16
Wendell Brunious is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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Shamarr Allen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Shamarr Allen

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3 14
Ben Polcer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ben Polcer

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2 13
Kermit Ruffins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kermit Ruffins Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Funk

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2 14
Jeremy Davenport is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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2 14
Neal Hillam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Neal Hillam Classical

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2 14
Lionel Ferbos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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