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List of Famous Trombonists

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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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    Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
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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

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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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    Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
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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

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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, + more
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    Eddie Edwards

    Eddie Edwards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
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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

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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

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    • 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

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    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Composer, Trombonist
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    J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
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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

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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

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    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Boorowa, Australia
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Trumpeter, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, + more
    • Credits: Abominable
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    Nelson Riddle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
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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

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1921-1985)
    • Birthplace: Oradell, USA, New Jersey
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Sailor, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Lolita, Batman, Paint Your Wagon, El Dorado, Robin and the Seven Hoods, + more
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