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Famous Male Trumpeters

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List of famous male trumpeters, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male trumpeters list contains the most prominent and top males known for being trumpeters. There are thousand of males working as trumpeters in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic trumpeters have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a trumpeter then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Raymond Lee Brown to Kenny Dorham, plus much more.

While this isn't a list of all male trumpeters, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male trumpeters?" and "Who are the best male trumpeters?"


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    Quincy Jones
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    Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the Heat of the Night, The Color Purple, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: Goldmember, + more
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    Flea
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    Michael Peter Balzary, better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall of ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Bassist, Musician, Actor, Composer, Singer
    • Credits: The Big Lebowski, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Twister, + more
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    Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and an influential figure in jazz music. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1901-1971)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Trumpeter, Singer
    • Credits: Hello, Dolly!, Cabin in the Sky, The Glenn Miller Story, High Society, + more
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    Wynton Marsalis
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    Wynton Marsalis is a nominee of 2013 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Music Educator, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, + more
    • Credits: Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, Unforgivable Blackness, Tune in Tomorrow, The N-Word, On the Shoulders of Giants, + more
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    Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, together with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1926-1991)
    • Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Scrooged, Elevator to the Gallows, The Hot Spot, Siesta, Listen Up! The Lives of Quincy Jones, + more
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    Ennio Morricone
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    Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as well as contemporary classical works. His career includes a wide range of composition genres, making him one of ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Music director, Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, + more
    • Credits: Good, The Thing, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, + more
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    John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)
    • Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Stormy Weather, The Cool World, The Cosmic Eye, Jivin' in Be-Bop, My Universe Inside Out, + more
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    Herb Alpert
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    Herb Alpert is a theatrical producer.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Songwriter, Theatrical producer, + more
    • Credits: Herb Alpert: Music for Your Eyes, Herb Alpert with the Jeff Lorber Band: Live in Montreux
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    Malcolm Arnold
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    Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE was an English composer. He gained a reputation for composing light music, film scores, works for theatre, ballets and symphonies.more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1921-2006)
    • Birthplace: Northampton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Trumpeter, Composer
    • Credits: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Hobson's Choice, Suddenly, Last Summer, Solomon and Sheba, + more
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    Chet Baker
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    Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, Jr. was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and vocalist. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals. Jazz historian David Gelly described the promise of Baker's early career as "James Dean, Sinatra, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1929-1988)
    • Birthplace: Yale, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Actor, Trumpeter, Singer
    • Credits: Howlers of the Dock, Stolen Hours, Chet's Romance, Let's Get Lost, Night of Lust
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    Joe Wilder
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    Joseph Benjamin Wilder was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Wilder was awarded the Temple University Jazz Master's Hall of Fame Award in 2006. The National Endowment for the Arts honored him with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award for 2008.more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1922-2014)
    • Birthplace: Colwyn, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Trumpeter, Composer
    • Credits: Count Basie: Then as Now, Count's the King
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    James Lloyd Morrison AM is a multi-instrumental Australian jazz musician. Widely known for his trumpet playing – he has also performed on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, guitar and piano. He is a composer, writing ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Boorowa, Australia
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Trumpeter, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, + more
    • Credits: Abominable
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    Jim Rotondi

    James Robert Rotondi is an American jazz trumpeter, educator and conductor. Born in Butte, Montana, and the youngest of five siblings, Rotondi lives in Graz, Austria, and performs there and internationally with several groups, as well as being a professor at the University for Music and Dramatic Arts.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Trumpeter
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    Malcolm Boyd McNab is a trumpeter and player of other brass instruments, and a Los Angeles-based session musician who has performed on nearly 2000 film and television soundtracks.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Trumpeter, Session musician
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    Chris Botti
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    Christopher Stephen "Chris" Botti, is an Italian-American trumpeter and composer. In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. He was also nominated in 2008 for his album Italia, and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album Chris Botti In Boston. Four of ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Oregon, USA, Portland
    • Profession: Musician, Radio personality, Trumpeter
    • Credits: Caught, Tony Bennett: An American Classic, Michael Buble: Caught in the Act, Chris Botti in Boston, Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions: Live in Concert, + more
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    Tristan Frederick Allan Fry is a British drummer and percussionist. Fry began his career by joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a timpanist at the age of 17. He was a founder member of a number of ensembles, including the Nash, Fires of London and the London Sinfonietta. He also worked as a ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Profession: Trumpeter, Drummer, Percussionist
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    Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton, also known as Humph, was an English jazz musician and broadcaster, and chairman of the BBC radio comedy programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. As a performer, he is perhaps best-remembered for the hit single "Bad Penny Blues". Although known as a jazz trumpeter he also ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1921-2008)
    • Birthplace: Eton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Cartoonist, Radio personality, Trumpeter, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Buck Clayton All Stars: Brussels 1961 & London 1965
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    Benny Carter
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    Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King. In 1958, he performed with Billie Holiday at ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1907-2003)
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Stormy Weather, Buck and the Preacher, A Man Called Adam, The Hanged Man, Fame Is the Name of the Game, + more
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    Michael Sachs was a German rabbi from Groß-Glogau, Silesia.more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1808-1864)
    • Birthplace: Głogów, Poland
    • Profession: Trumpeter, Preacher
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    Buddy Bolden
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    Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden was an African-American cornetist and is regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music, which later came to be known as jazz.more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1877-1931)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Trumpeter
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