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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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238 90
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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270 107
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Christian Lindberg Classical

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102 41
Marie Millard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Marie Millard added Marie Millard

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131 70
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Ian Bousfield Classical

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113 59
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

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119 69
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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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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Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Jay Friedman Classical

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Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Carwyn Rhys Evans added Zoltan Kiss

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Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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42 29
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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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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Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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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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Achilles Liarmakopoulos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
tristan-swenson added Achilles Liarmakopoulos

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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

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Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
GinoJiménezA. added Elliot Mason

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Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
taoguthrie added Marshall Gilkes

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Brandt Attema is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Brandt Attema Classical

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Michael Mulcahy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Michael Mulcahy

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Moises Nogueras is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Moises Nogueras Jazz

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

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Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orc... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Nitzan Haroz, Philadelphia Orchestra

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Jan Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
pk svensen added Jan Lindberg

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

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Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Edward Neumeister is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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brett-baker added Brett Baker

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Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Don Lusher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Don Lusher Jazz, Big band

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21 23
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Bart Van Lier Classical

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36 41
Eugene Lebeaux is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
rubin added Eugene Lebeaux Jazz, Blues, Funk

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13 14
Gary Valente is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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13 15
Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Bruce Fowler Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

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Sarah Morrow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
1498591403373 added Sarah Morrow

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Al Cron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Al Cron Jazz, Bebop, Swing

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8 11
Mike Fahn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Mike Fahn Jazz

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Josh Roseman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World

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12 16
Rick Culver is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Rick Culver Big band

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John Shanks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
taoguthrie added John Shanks

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George Bohanon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
George Bohanon Jazz

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SeaforthBrandon added Jeff Bradshaw R&B, Jazz, Gospel

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Jack Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Dennis Wei added Jack Armstrong

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Jack Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Dennis Wei added Jack Armstrong

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

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11 16
Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Trombonists in the World
Roswell Rudd Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz