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Who are the best jazz trombone players ever? The trombone is a brass instrument, played with a telescoping slide, which the trombonist moves to change the pitch of each note. The trombone is used in classical and orchestral music, but is also incredibly common in jazz music as well. This list has the best jazz trombonists to ever pick up the instrument.

These best jazz trombone players in history are from different eras but are all extremely talented jazz musicians. The great trombonists on this list have the ability to create flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece, or an improvisational solo. These musicians have helped define jazz, and make it the genre it is today.

The best jazz trombonists of all time include musicians such as, Jack Teagarden, Tommy Dorsey, and Delfeayo Marsalis. To become one of the best jazz trombonists of all time takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and natural skill.

Vote up the greatest jazz trombonists on the list below or add a jazz trombone player you think is the best if he or she isn't already on the list.

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J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
J. J. Johnson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

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189 69
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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173 62
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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153 53
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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221 95
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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172 69
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

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181 75
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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138 52
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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122 44
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

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118 44
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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90 31
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

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160 75
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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80 35
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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64 26
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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55 28
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Grachan Moncur III Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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47 22
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

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80 49
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
rbtnathan123 added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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55 29
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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46 22
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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82 56
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added Glen Miller

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23 8
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
jazznbsbl added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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34 18
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

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29 14
Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

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Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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24 13
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

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Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Roswell Rudd Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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24 15
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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19 11
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1480645627021 added Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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22 15
Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

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21 14
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added Bill Harris

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18 11
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Antonio R Acosta added Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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49 44
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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24 19
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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14 9
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

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13 8
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Ray Anderson Jazz

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25 21
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
slaft added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

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16 13
Honoré Dutrey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Honoré Dutrey Dixieland

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2 0
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Trummy Young Jazz

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2 0
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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8 7
Frank Lacy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Frank Lacy

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9 9
Buddy Baker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
DavidSanders1 added Buddy Baker Film score

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9 9
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added George Lewis

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17 19
Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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17 19
Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bruce Fowler Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

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10 11
Fred Beckett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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2 2
Rick Stepton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Rick Stepton

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1 1
Luis Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Vicen Tormo added Luis Bonilla Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Latin jazz

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14 16
Ronald Westray is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ronald Westray Jazz