Bands/Musicians The Greatest Cornetists of All Time  

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List Rules The best cornet players in history. Vote up the greatest musicians of all time who play cornet.

The cornet is a key instrument to any jazz, blues, Dixieland, or soul ensemble. A member of the brass family, the cornet involves blowing air through a mouthpiece located at the top of the instrument. Like with any instrument, the cornet takes years to master. Who are the greatest cornetists of all time?
 
The musicians on this list are legends in the world of the cornet and many of them helped to forever shape jazz and blues music! While most cornetists gravitate towards the jazz style of music there are a number of other genres that feature the cornet as well!
 
This list features the all time greatest cornetists in history, ranked as the best according to the votes of music lovers. This list includes famous cornetists like Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, W. C. Handy, Nat Adderley, and Papa Celestin. Vote up the best cornet players below and see where the musicians you think are great rank!

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50 16
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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38 13
Bix Beiderbecke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Bix Beiderbecke White jazz, Jazz, Dixieland

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28 9
Nat Adderley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Nat Adderley Hard bop, Soul jazz

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21 5
Joe King Oliver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Joe King Oliver Jazz, Blues; Dixieland

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21 5
Herbert L. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Daniel Morris added Herbert L. Clarke

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19 7
Bobby Hackett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Tim La Marca added Bobby Hackett Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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18 7
Wild Bill Davison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Wild Bill Davison Jazz

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15 6
Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Buddy Bolden Ragtime, Trad jazz, Jazz

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16 7
Warren Vache is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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14 6
Red Nichols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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15 7
Rex Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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14 7
W. C. Handy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
W. C. Handy Jazz, Blues

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11 7
Don Cherry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Andy Pandy added Don Cherry Kozmigroov, World fusion music, World music

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9 5
Ruby Braff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Daniel Morris added Ruby Braff Swing music, Dixieland

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8 6
James F. Burke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Daniel Morris added James F. Burke

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7 6
Freddie Keppard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Freddie Keppard Jazz, Dixieland

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Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Kevin Gautier added Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

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7 7
Connie Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Connie Jones Jazz, Blues; Dixieland

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5 5
Ray Nance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Daniel Morris added Ray Nance Jazz

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5 5
James Bubber Miley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
James Bubber Miley Dixieland

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5 5
Del Staigers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
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4 5
Doc Evans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Doc Evans Jazz

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4 5
Ed Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Ed Allen Jazz

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3 4
Butch Morris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Butch Morris Jazz, Blues; Dixieland

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3 4
Albert Brunies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Albert Brunies Jazz

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4 6
Papa Celestin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Papa Celestin Jazz, Dixieland

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3 5
Bobby Bradford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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0 2
Pee Wee Russell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Kevin Gautier added Pee Wee Russell Post-bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Ken Davern is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Kevin Gautier added Ken Davern

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4 7
Jeff Hughes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Jeff Hughes Jazz, Blues

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4 7
Dick Sudhalter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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3 6
Ernie Carson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Ernie Carson Jazz; blues; soul; swing

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2 5
Ed Polcer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Ed Polcer Jazz, Blues

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2 5
Johnny Bayersdorffer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Johnny Bayersdorffer Jazz; blues; soul

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2 5
Emmett Hardy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Emmett Hardy Jazz

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1 4
Buddie Petit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Buddie Petit Jazz

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1 4
Jim Cullum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Jim Cullum, Jr. Jazz; blues; soul

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3 7
George Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
George Mitchell Music hall

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3 7
Sterling Bose is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Sterling Bose Jazz; blues; soul

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2 6
Chris Tyle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Chris Tyle Dixieland

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2 6
Dan Barrett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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1 5
Monk Hazel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Monk Hazel Jazz, Blues

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1 5
Wooden Joe Nicholas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Wooden Joe Nicholas Jazz, Blues; Dixieland

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1 5
Merritt Brunies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Merritt Brunies Jazz; blues

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1 5
Peter Bocage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Peter Bocage Jazz; blues; soul

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2 7
Emile Christian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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2 7
Paul Mares is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Paul Mares Dixieland

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1 6
Peter Ecklund is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Peter Ecklund Jazz; blues; soul

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1 6
Olu Dara is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Olu Dara Jazz

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1 6
Johnny Wiggs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Johnny Wiggs Jazz, Blues