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Classical The Best Trombonists in the World  

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List Rules Living trombonists only

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
Classical

2
397 157
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Classical

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367 147
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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215 97
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Classical

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186 89
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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181 92
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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152 82
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 Jazz

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

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69 34
Achilles Liarmakopoulos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
tristan-swenson added

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71 36
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Carwyn Rhys Evans added

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101 61
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jay Friedman Classical

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72 42
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Punot added

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35 14
Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
taoguthrie added

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64 39
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Hard bop, Jazz

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44 23
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
JackKemp added Jazz, Funk

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65 44
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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57 38
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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24 9
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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83 65
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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20 7
Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orc... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orchestra

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40 26
Robin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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28 16
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
GinoJiménezA. added Elliot Mason

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43 33
Brandt Attema is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Brandt Attema Classical

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55 45
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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31 27
Moises Nogueras is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Moises Nogueras Jazz

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39 36
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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9 4
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
EljohnLabana added Christopher Bill

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Michael Becker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
smblackledge added Michael Becker

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Michael Dease is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Dave Marowitz added Michael Dease

Jazz

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24 22
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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brett-baker added Brett Baker

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Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Classical

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19 17
Gary Valente is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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18 16
Edward Neumeister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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17 15
Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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24 23
Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
trombonemaster38 added

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19 18
Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

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9 7
Jan Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Jan Lindberg

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Eugene Lebeaux is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
rubin added Eugene Lebeaux Jazz, Blues, Funk

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Michael Dease is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Dave Marowitz added Michael Dease

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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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6 5
Sarah Morrow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
1498591403373 added Sarah Morrow

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Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
chriscapo added Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

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12 13
Mike Fahn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jazz

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22 25
Nick Hudson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Nick Hudson Brass band

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Raul de Souza is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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11 13
Christophe Schweizer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Christophe Schweizer Jazz

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11 13
Josh Roseman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World