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

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Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

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Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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

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

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

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

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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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Jiggs Whigham 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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Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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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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Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Grachan Moncur III Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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

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

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

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

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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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Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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

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

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Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

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Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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

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Honoré Dutrey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Honoré Dutrey Dixieland

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Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dave Steinmeyer

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Frank Lacy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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Fred Beckett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Ronald Westray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ronald Westray Jazz

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Luis Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Luis Bonilla Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Latin jazz

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Clifton Anderson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bruce Fowler Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

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Milt Bernhart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time