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The trombone is a versatile instrument that is a staple of jazz music and essential to all jazz ensembles. The jazz trombone players on this list are the best in the world and include some pioneers and icons of the instrument and the genre. But who is the best living jazz trombonist in the world?

The trombone is a brass instrument and sound is produced through the vibrations of a player’s lips. The instrument’s telescoping slide changes the pitch and length of the note, and without keys like many other instruments, it takes great practice to master the positions of each note and trombonists must have a feel for their instrument.  

The trombone is used in classical music, orchestral music, but is incredibly popular in jazz music. These best trombone players in the world all specialize in jazz and are the best trombonists in jazz music today. They have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or and improvisational solo.

The best trombonists in the world or jazz music today include top musicians like Curtis Fuller, Wayne Henderson, Bill Watrous, and Delfeayo Marsalis. To become one of the best jazz trombonists in the world takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and dedication to the craft. Cast your votes below for the best jazz trombonists in the world.

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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Curtis Fuller Blue Train, BLUES ette, Boss of the Soul-Stream Trombone

The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time The Grossest Personal Habits

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Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Wycliffe Gordon We, Bone Structure, In the Cross

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Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Frank Rosolino Quintet, Free For All, Fond Memories Of . . .

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Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Bill Watrous A Time for Love, Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Space Available

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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
slaft added Slide Hampton Jazz With a Twist / Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton, Jazz in Paris: Exodus, Mellow-Dy

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Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Urbie Green East Coast Jazz Series 6, The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green, The Urbie Green 6-Tet

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Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Conrad Herwig A Voice Through the Door, The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock, The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

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Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Jiggs Whigham Nice 'n' Easy

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Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Phil Wilson The Wizard of Oz Suite, Phil Wilson's Pan American All Stars Celebrate the Music of Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim, Pal Joey Suite (With the NDR Big Band)

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Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Steve Turre Lotus Flower 1999, Sanctified Shells, One4J

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Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Roswell Rudd Everywhere, Mixed, Numatik Swing Band

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Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Michael Davis Sidewalk Cafe, Heroes, Midnight Crossing

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John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
John Fedchock New York Big Band

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John Allred is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
SamFritschner added John Allred Played with Harry Connick, Jr.,  Toshiko Akiyoshi, and the Woody Herman Orchestra

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Robin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Robin Eubanks Critical Mass, Karma, Different Perspectives

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

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Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Julian Priester Love Love, Spiritsville, Hints on Light and Shadow

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Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Grachan Moncur III Evolution, Some Other Stuff, Exploration

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Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Ray Anderson What Because, Big Band Record, Heads and Tales

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Frank Lacy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Frank Lacy Tonal Weights & Blue Fire, Settegast Strut: Live at moods, Heaven Sent

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Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Andrew MacKenzie added Roy Williams

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Edward Neumeister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Edward Neumeister Metro Music, New Standards, Reflection

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Ronald Westray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Ronald Westray Bone Structure

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Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Bruce Fowler Ants Can Count

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Clifton Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Clifton Anderson Landmarks

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James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
slaft added James Pankow

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Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Wayne Henderson Step Into Our Life & Prime Time, Prime Time

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Dennis Rollins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dennis Rollins BadBone, Make Your Move

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Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Delfeayo Marsalis Pontius Pilate's Decision

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Eric Breeze is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Eric Breeze Big Band Spectacular, Swing Squadron

The Best Songs with World in the Title 8 Struggles Every Wine Lover Has Experienced

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Clarence Banks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Clarence Banks In Case You Missed It, Best of Both World, Side Hampton - World of Trombones

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Paul The Trombonist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
musicgirl added Paul The Trombonist

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Josh Roseman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Josh Roseman Kodály: We Are None Of Us Precious, New Constellations: Live in Vienna

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Eddie Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Eddie Atkins Incredible, Mary Mary, Thankful

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Gary Valente is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Gary Valente Live!

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Bill Hughes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Bill Hughes Trombones

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Rick Simerly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Rick Simerly Obscurity

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Frank Demond is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Frank Demond Because of You, Best of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Songs of New Orleans

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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World

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Christophe Schweizer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Christophe Schweizer Opus

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Mike Fahn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Mike Fahn Close Your Eyes... and Listen

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Dave Horler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dave Horler Rolling Down 7th

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Al Cron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Al Cron Circles and Roots, Al Cron Quintet

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Art Baron is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Art Baron Creole Love Call

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Douglas Purviance is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Douglas Purviance Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard

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Rick Culver is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Rick Culver Painted Scarves, I'm Old Fashioned