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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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Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Contemporary; jazz; blues
2
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz
3
Kiwzo Fumero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
yyyuuuuucaaaaaa added Kiwzo Fumero

jazz, bigband, latin jazz, latin.

4
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop
5
Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Allen Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland
6
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical
7
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz
8
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music, Jazz
9
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music
10
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical; contemporary
11
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz
12
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz
13
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
14
Claudio Roditi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin pop
15
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
16
Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Smooth jazz, Jazz
17
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added
18
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues
19
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; Latin pop
20
Adam Rapa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Adam Rapa Jazz; blues; classical
21
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Smooth jazz, Jazz
22
Louis Dowdeswell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
whitetiger3691215 added Louis Dowdeswell
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Erick miyashiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kiwzo Fumero added Erick miyashiro
24
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop
25
Pacho Flores is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Carlos Magán added Pacho Flores