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The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World 

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Updated November 21, 2019 2.6k votes 588 voters 12.4k views 53 items

List Rules Living jazz trombonists only

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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Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
mitch24 added Genre: Third stream, Hard bop & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
slaft added Genre: Hard bop and Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Genre: Afro-Caribbean music, Big band & Post-bop; Nationality: United States of America
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Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Krisztian Csapo added Elliot Mason
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Michael Dease is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Reuben Isaac added
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John Allred is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
SamFritschner added
Played with Harry Connick, Jr., Toshiko Akiyoshi, and the Woody Herman Orchestra
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Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Steve Turre Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Robin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Genre: Jazz fusion, Jazz & Bebop; Nationality: Australia
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Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Mark Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added
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Raul de Souza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Genre: Avant-garde jazz, Jazz & Free jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Genre: Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America