Classical The Best Trumpeters in the World  

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List Rules This list is all about the greatest living trumpeters, so vote up your favorite and add any that may be missing.

The trumpet is one of the most popular and diverse musical instruments in the world. It's permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of brass instruments and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite trumpeters. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.

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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

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105 59
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

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89 55
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

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98 65
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

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66 39
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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53 28
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

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64 39
Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Allen Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

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61 40
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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49 30
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

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66 47
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

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49 38
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
James Morrison Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

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49 45
Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chris Botti Smooth jazz, Jazz

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27 28
Ole Edvard Antonsen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Ole Edvard Antonsen

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29 31
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Thomas Gansch

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23 26
Terence Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Terence Blanchard Hard bop, Jazz, Film score

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27 33
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; Latin pop

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22 27
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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17 21
Raymond Mase is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Raymond Mase Contemporary; jazz; smooth jazz

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25 32
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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19 24
Nicholas Payton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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28 37
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

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20 27
Adam Rapa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Adam Rapa Jazz; blues; classical

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11 15
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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17 24
Ryan Kisor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ryan Kisor Jazz; blues

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17 24
Niklas Eklund is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Niklas Eklund Classical; Baroque

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24 36
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

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15 24
Claudio Roditi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Claudio Roditi Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin pop

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23 36
Phil Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Driscoll Contemporary Christian music

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10 17
Christian Scott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Christian Scott Hip hop music, Fusion, Rock music

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15 26
Fabrizio Bosso is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Fabrizio Bosso Classical; contemporary

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10 20
Matthias Carlier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Matthias Carlier Classical; contemporary; ballet

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13 25
David Krauss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
David Krauss Classical

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2 9
Kiwzo Fumero is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
yyyuuuuucaaaaaa added Kiwzo Fumero jazz, bigband, latin jazz, latin.

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10 24
Enrico Rava is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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10 27
Chuck Arnold is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chuck Arnold Jazz; Blues

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7 22
Andrea Giuffredi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Andrea Giuffredi Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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8 24
Paolo Fresu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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6 21
Barry Hillam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Barry Hillam Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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8 25
Irvin Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Irvin Mayfield Latin jazz, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz

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6 22
Leroy Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Leroy Jones Jazz

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5 20
James

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5 20
Flavio Boltro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Flavio Boltro Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin Pop

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4 20
Kermit Ruffins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kermit Ruffins Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Funk

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4 21
Ben Polcer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ben Polcer

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5 25
Wendell Brunious is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Wendell Brunious

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4 22
Shamarr Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Shamarr Allen

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3 19
Neal Hillam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Neal Hillam Classical

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Ron King is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Vienna added RON KING

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RON KING is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Vienna added RON KING