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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.

1
649 218
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Classical

2
432 176
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Classical

3
413 168
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

4
255 110
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Classical

5
206 95
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

6
206 99
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

7
61 16
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Richard Kučera added Bob Mcchesney

8
92 40
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Carwyn Rhys Evans added

9
68 26
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
robertfun18 added Jazz

10
161 96
Marie Millard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Marie Millard added Marie Millard

11
82 41
Achilles Liarmakopoulos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
tristan-swenson added

12
211 144
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

13
112 67
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jay Friedman Classical

14
75 42
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Hard bop, Jazz

15
83 49
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Punot added

16
44 18
Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
taoguthrie added

17
48 26
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
JackKemp added Jazz, Funk

18
64 41
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

19
70 47
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

20
28 10
Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orc... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orchestra

21
30 13
Michael Mulcahy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Michael Mulcahy

22
34 17
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
GinoJiménezA. added Elliot Mason

23
86 68
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

24
42 29
Robin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

25
48 36
Brandt Attema is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Brandt Attema Classical