Jazz The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World  

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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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Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
A Time for Love, Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Space Available

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41 10
J J Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
mitch24 added J J Johnson

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61 31
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
East Coast Jazz Series 6, The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green, The Urbie Green 6-Tet

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88 58
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Blue Train, BLUES ette, Boss of the Soul-Stream Trombone

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57 34
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Quintet, Free For All, Fond Memories Of . . .

6
69 47
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
We, Bone Structure, In the Cross

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29 16
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
slaft added Jazz With a Twist / Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton, Jazz in Paris: Exodus, Mellow-Dy

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27 17
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
A Voice Through the Door, The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock, The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

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17 9
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Krisztian Csapo added Elliot Mason

10
27 20
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Lotus Flower 1999, Sanctified Shells, One4J

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25 19
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Nice 'n' Easy

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18 12
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
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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16 11
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
What Because, Big Band Record, Heads and Tales

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18 15
Robin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Critical Mass, Karma, Different Perspectives

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14 11
John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
New York Big Band

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9 6
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added Three Minds, So Far So Good, A Night in Tunisia

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6 3
Mark Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Dag Øystein Langerud added

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19 17
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 18 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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16 14
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Sidewalk Cafe, Heroes, Midnight Crossing

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11 10
Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Love Love, Spiritsville, Hints on Light and Shadow

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1 0
Raul de Souza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Sweet Lucy, Colors, Jazzmin

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8 8
Dennis Rollins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
BadBone, Make Your Move

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13 14
Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Step Into Our Life & Prime Time, Prime Time

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12 13
Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Everywhere, Mixed, Numatik Swing Band

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15 17
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World
Evolution, Some Other Stuff, Exploration