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
394 132
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
335 176
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

3
189 80
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
177 109
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

5
169 112
Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Allen Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

6
146 108
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical

7
187 156
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music, Jazz

8
151 118
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
140 115
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical music

10
127 122
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical; contemporary

11
140 145
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

12
93 92
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

13
109 122
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World

14
73 81
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

15
68 73
Claudio Roditi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Swing music, Big band, Jazz; Latin pop

16
110 143
Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Smooth jazz, Jazz

17
79 102
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; Latin pop

18
79 103
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
78 104
Adam Rapa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Adam Rapa Jazz; blues; classical

20
75 103
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Smooth jazz, Jazz

21
74 102
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added

22
38 52
Erick miyashiro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Kiwzo Fumero added Erick miyashiro

23
65 106
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

24
60 107
Ole Edvard Antonsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added

25
48 106
Terence Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trumpeters in the World
Hard bop, Jazz, Film score