List of Famous Trumpeters People

List of Famous Trumpeters

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List of famous trumpeters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top trumpeters in the world? This includes the most prominent trumpeters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable trumpeters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic trumpeters 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 trumpeters.

This list has a variety of people, like Rise Against and Beirut, in it.

From reputable, prominent, and well known trumpeters to the lesser known trumpeters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the trumpeter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous trumpeters ever?" and "What are the names of famous trumpeters?" then you're in the right place. (517 items)


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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: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • 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: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • 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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    Tommy Dorsey
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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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    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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    Mark Ware Isham is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and film composer. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, electronic, and film. He is responsible for contributing the scores of nearly one hundred films.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Trumpeter, Composer
    • Credits: Blade, Crash, Point Break, The Mist, Miracle, + 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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    Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, having also invented the term "free jazz" by naming his album so. Coleman's timbre is easily recognized: his keening, crying sound ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Saxophonist, Musician, Trumpeter, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Naked Lunch, Chappaqua, Ornette... Made in America, All Magic Sands
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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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    Jimmy Dorsey
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    James "Jimmy" Dorsey was a prominent American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. He was known as "JD". He recorded and composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You" and "It's The Dreamer In Me". His other major recordings were "Tailspin", "John ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1904-1957)
    • Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Trumpeter, Composer, + more
    • Credits: The Fabulous Dorseys, Four Jills in a Jeep, Stage Show
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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: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • 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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