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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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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 Color Purple, The Pawnbroker, In the Heat of the Night, Michael Jackson: Thriller
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    Flea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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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, Inside Out, The Wild Thornberrys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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    Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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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: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Blue Jasmine, WALL·E, Twelve Monkeys
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    Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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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: 54
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 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: Zodiac, Collateral, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Pleasantville
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    Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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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: 87
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Music director, Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, + more
    • Credits: The Hateful Eight, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
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    Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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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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