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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99 59
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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81 48
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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67 46
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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71 51
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

5
50 36
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

6
47 33
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

7
37 23
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

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46 34
Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Allen Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

9
45 33
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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34 27
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

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39 33
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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40 37
Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chris Botti Smooth jazz, Jazz

13
27 27
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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23 23
Ole Edvard Antonsen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Ole Edvard Antonsen

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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22 22
Terence Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Terence Blanchard Hard bop, Jazz, Film score

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25 28
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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18 19
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Thomas Gansch

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17 21
Nicholas Payton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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23 30
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; Latin pop

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14 18
Raymond Mase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Raymond Mase Contemporary; jazz; smooth jazz

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21 31
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time

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0 1
RON KING is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Vienna added RON KING

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14 22
Ryan Kisor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ryan Kisor Jazz; blues

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16 25
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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7 12
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
ガレット ブレット added Tom Harrell

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20 31
Phil Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Driscoll Contemporary Christian music

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0 2
Ron King is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Vienna added RON KING

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13 21
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

The Best Saxophonists in the World

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14 23
Niklas Eklund is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Niklas Eklund Classical; Baroque

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16 26
Adam Rapa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Adam Rapa Jazz; blues; classical

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22 35
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

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7 13
Christian Scott is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
ガレット ブレット added Christian Scott Hip hop music, Fusion, Rock music

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11 22
Fabrizio Bosso is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Fabrizio Bosso Classical; contemporary

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10 22
David Krauss is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
David Krauss Classical

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6 18
Matthias Carlier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Matthias Carlier Classical; contemporary; ballet

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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6 19
Leroy Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Leroy Jones Jazz

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9 24
Chuck Arnold is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chuck Arnold Jazz; Blues

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7 21
Paolo Fresu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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7 21
Enrico Rava is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

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8 23
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 20
Barry Hillam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Barry Hillam Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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1 8
Kiwzo Fumero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
yyyuuuuucaaaaaa added Kiwzo Fumero jazz, bigband, latin jazz, latin.

The Most Famous Classical Guitarists

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4 19
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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5 23
Wendell Brunious is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Wendell Brunious

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4 20
Ben Polcer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ben Polcer

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4 20
Shamarr Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Shamarr Allen

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4 20
Kermit Ruffins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kermit Ruffins Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Funk

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4 21
Andrea Giuffredi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Andrea Giuffredi Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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3 19
Neal Hillam is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Neal Hillam Classical

50
3 19
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