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.

1
330 111
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
165 54
Kiwzo Fumero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
yyyuuuuucaaaaaa added Kiwzo Fumero

jazz, bigband, latin jazz, latin.

3
278 150
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

4
145 89
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

5
147 96
Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Allen Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

6
127 96
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical

7
156 133
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music, Jazz

8
125 102
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
123 104
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music

10
128 127
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

11
104 107
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical; contemporary

12
97 107
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

13
78 80
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

14
66 69
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

15
60 64
Claudio Roditi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin pop

16
92 124
Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Smooth jazz, Jazz

17
69 87
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

18
70 89
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; Latin pop

19
67 84
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Smooth jazz, Jazz

20
64 92
Adam Rapa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Adam Rapa Jazz; blues; classical

21
60 90
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added

22
55 96
Ole Edvard Antonsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added

23
26 38
Erick miyashiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kiwzo Fumero added Erick miyashiro

24
50 92
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

25
41 95
Terence Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Hard bop, Jazz, Film score

26
15 38
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Felipe Reis Rodrigues added

27
14 38
Mark Sauzz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kiwzo Fumero added Mark Sauzz

28
12 36
Harry Kim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kiwzo Fumero added Harry Kim

29
30 89
Andrea Giuffredi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Andrea Giuffredi Swing music, Big band, Jazz

30
30 93
Ryan Kisor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ryan Kisor Jazz; blues

31
25 80
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

32
29 94
Nicholas Payton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

33
26 94
Fabrizio Bosso is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Fabrizio Bosso Classical; contemporary

34
22 90
Raymond Mase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Raymond Mase Contemporary; jazz; smooth jazz

35
27 107
Phil Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Contemporary Christian music

36
21 89
Niklas Eklund is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical; Baroque

37
19 83
Matthias Carlier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Matthias Carlier Classical; contemporary; ballet

38
17 83
Christian Scott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Hip hop music, Fusion, Rock music

39
17 89
Enrico Rava is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

40
15 88
David Krauss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
David Krauss Classical

41
13 84
Paolo Fresu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

42
5 47
Mark Sauz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kiwzo Fumero added Mark Sauz Jazz

43
11 89
Chuck Arnold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Chuck Arnold Jazz; Blues

44
10 87
Irvin Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Latin jazz, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz

45
9 81
Leroy Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Leroy Jones Jazz

46
8 79
Barry Hillam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Barry Hillam Swing music, Big band, Jazz

47
6 76
Flavio Boltro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Flavio Boltro Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin Pop

48
6 76
James

49
5 74
Ben Polcer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Ben Polcer

50
5 75
Kermit Ruffins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Funk