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List of Famous Trombonists

List of famous trombonists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top trombonists in the world? This includes the most prominent trombonists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable trombonists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic trombonists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned trombonists.

Items here include everything from Glenn Miller to Tommy Dorsey.

From reputable, prominent, and well known trombonists to the lesser known trombonists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the trombonist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous trombonists ever?" and "What are the names of famous trombonists?" then you're in the right place. (257 items)

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    Alton Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Miller's notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 40 (1904-1944)
    • Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Bandleader, Composer, Trombonist
    • Credits: The Glenn Miller Story, Taking Sides, The Bishop's Bedroom, Singapore Sling
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    Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey, Jr. was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Although he was not known for being a notable soloist, his technical skill on ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 51 (1905-1956)
    • Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Bandleader, Trumpeter, Composer, Trombonist
    • Credits: The Fabulous Dorseys, A Song Is Born, Presenting Lily Mars, Upbeat in Music, Stage Show + 1 more
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    Edwin Branford "Eddie" Edwards was an early jazz trombonist, best known for his pioneering recordings with the Original Dixieland Jass Band. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 72 (1891-1963)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Trombonist
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    Steve Swell

    Steve Swell is an American free jazz trombonist, composer and educator. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Composer, Trombonist
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    James Edward Pugh is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is noted as the lead trombonist with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd and Chick Corea's Return to Forever Band. For 25 years, he worked as a freelance trombonist in New York City. In recent years, he toured and recorded with the rock group ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Composer, Trombonist
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    James Louis "J. J." Johnson was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. He was sometimes credited as Jay Jay Johnson. Johnson was one of the first trombonists to embrace bebop music. He has long been regarded as one of the leading trombonists of the post-swing era, exerting a pervasive ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1924-2001)
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Bandleader, Composer, Trombonist
    • Credits: Shaft, Cleopatra Jones, Willie Dynamite, Across 110th Street, Man and Boy
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Boorowa, Australia
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Trumpeter, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist + 2 more
    • Credits: Abominable
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    Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1921-1985)
    • Birthplace: Oradell, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Sailor, Actor, Composer + 2 more
    • Credits: Lolita, Batman, Paint Your Wagon, El Dorado, Robin and the Seven Hoods + 35 more
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    Craig S. Harris is a jazz trombonist and composer who has been a major figure in the jazz avant-garde movement since his stint with Sun Ra in 1976. Subsequently, Harris has worked with such notable jazz artists as Abdullah Ibrahim, David Murray, Lester Bowie, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Town of Hempstead, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Trombonist
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    Hannes Bauer

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    Johannes Bauer is a musician. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Halle, Germany
    • Profession: Musician, Trombonist
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    William Henry "Bill" Hughes is an American jazz trombonist and bandleader. He has spent most of his career with the Count Basie Orchestra and was the director of that ensemble until September 2010. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Trombonist
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    Donald Christopher 'Chris' Barber is a British jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist. As well as scoring a UK top twenty trad jazz hit, he helped the careers of many musicians, notably the blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who was at one time his wife, and vocalist/banjoist Lonnie ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Trombonist
    • Credits: Look Back in Anger, Jazz Icons: Chris Barber, Marquee Club: 25th Anniversary of the Marquee Club, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Friends: 70th Birthday Concert, Band Du Lac: One Night Only Live + 1 more
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    Weldon Leo "Jack" Teagarden, known as "Big T" and "The Swingin' Gate", was an American jazz trombonist, bandleader, composer, and vocalist, regarded as the "Father of Jazz Trombone". more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1905-1964)
    • Birthplace: Vernon, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Bandleader, Actor, Singer, Trombonist
    • Credits: Birth of the Blues, Glory Alley, Big Band: Artie Shaw & Duke Ellington
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    Ward Walrath Kimball born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was an animator for the Walt Disney Studios. He was one of Walt Disney's team of animators, known as Disney's Nine Old Men. Also, he was a jazz trombonist. He founded and led the seven-piece Dixieland band Firehouse Five Plus Two, in which he played ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 88 (1914-2002)
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Animator, Film Director + 1 more
    • Credits: The Reluctant Dragon, Babes in Toyland, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, It's Tough to Be a Bird, Man in Space + 7 more
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    Robert Edward Brookmeyer was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained widespread public attention as a member of Gerry Mulligan's quartet from 1954 to 1957. He later worked with Jimmy Giuffre, before rejoining Mulligan's ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 82 (1929-2011)
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Arranger, Jazz Pianist, Composer, Trombonist
    • Credits: This Is Gary Mcfarland
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    Bruce Lambourne Fowler is a prominent American trombone player and composer. He played trombone on many Frank Zappa records, as well as with Captain Beefheart and in the Fowler Brothers Band. Currently, he composes and arranges music for movies, and has been the composer, orchestrator, or conductor for ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer, Orchestrator, Trombonist
    • Credits: The Good Shepherd, Seducing Charlie Barker, Hunting Bobby Oatway, I'm in Love with a Church Girl
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    George Roberts was an American trombonist. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Roberts began his career after service in the US Navy with the Ray Robbins Band, and then quit to join Gene Krupa in 1947, where he was in the same section with Urbie Green. It was Urbie's lyric tenor trombone playing that ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Trombonist
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    Conrad Herwig is an American jazz trombonist from New York City more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Bandleader, Composer, Trombonist, Teacher
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    Sam Burtis is a musician and plays the trombone. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Bassist, Arranger, Educator, Musician, Composer + 2 more
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    Delfeayo Marsalis is an American jazz trombonist and record producer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Educator, Musician, Trombonist
    • Credits: Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story
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