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Classical The Best Trombonists in the World  

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When it comes to brass instruments, the trombone is one of the trickiest to master. These best trombone players in the world include some pioneers and icons of the instrument. Who is the best living trombone player in the world? The talented musicians on this list have worked for years to master their skills as trombone players and are still alive today, continuing to fine tune their skills and make great music with the trombone.

The trombone is a brass instrument and its sound is produced through the vibrations of a player’s lips. The instrument’s telescoping slide changes the pitch and length of each note, and without keys like most instruments, trombone players must have a feel for the position of every note.

The trombone is used in classical music, orchestral music, and frequently used in jazz and soul music as well. These best living trombone players are from many different genres, but are all greatly adept at their instrument. The best trombonists have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or an improvisational jazz solo.

From musicians such as Joseph Alessi, Robin Eubanks,  Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, and Delfeayo Marsalis, the trombone players on this list have all spent hours with their trombones and worked to become the best trombonists in the world. This takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and excellent composure. Who is the best active trombone player in the world today? Cast your votes below.

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Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Joseph Alessi Classical

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372 150
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Christian Lindberg Classical

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Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Ian Bousfield Classical

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Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

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Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Marie Millard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Marie Millard added Marie Millard

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Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Richard Kučera added Bob Mcchesney

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Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
1486155050785 added Urbie Green Jazz

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Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jay Friedman Classical

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Achilles Liarmakopoulos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
tristan-swenson added Achilles Liarmakopoulos

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Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Carwyn Rhys Evans added Zoltan Kiss

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Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Punot added Douglas Yeo

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Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
taoguthrie added Marshall Gilkes

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Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
JackKemp added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

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Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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Michael Mulcahy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Michael Mulcahy

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Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
GinoJiménezA. added Elliot Mason

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Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orc... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orchestra

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Robin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Brandt Attema is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Brandt Attema Classical

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Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Moises Nogueras is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Moises Nogueras Jazz

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Don Lusher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Don Lusher Jazz, Big band

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Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Bart Van Lier Classical

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Edward Neumeister is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Michael Dease is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Dave Marowitz added Michael Dease

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Michael Dease is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Dave Marowitz added Michael Dease Jazz

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

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Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Sarah Morrow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
1498591403373 added Sarah Morrow

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Michael Becker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
smblackledge added Michael Becker

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Eugene Lebeaux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
rubin added Eugene Lebeaux Jazz, Blues, Funk

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Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Bruce Fowler Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

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Jan Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Jan Lindberg

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Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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Ronald Westray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Ronald Westray Jazz

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Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
chriscapo added Howard Levy Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

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Josh Roseman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Mike Fahn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Mike Fahn Jazz

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Ava Ordman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
1521724737457 added Ava Ordman

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Ava Ordman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
1521724737457 added Ava Ordman Classical

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Nick Hudson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Nick Hudson Brass band

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Christophe Schweizer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Christophe Schweizer Jazz