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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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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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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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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Herbert L. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Daniel Morris added Herbert L. Clarke

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

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Wild Bill Davison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Wild Bill Davison Jazz

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Red Nichols is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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Rex Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Buddy Bolden Ragtime, Trad jazz, Jazz

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Warren Vache is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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Bobby Hackett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Tim La Marca added Bobby Hackett Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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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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Ruby Braff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Daniel Morris added Ruby Braff Swing music, Dixieland

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Don Cherry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Andy Pandy added Don Cherry Kozmigroov, World fusion music, World music

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

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Connie Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Connie Jones Jazz, Blues; Dixieland

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Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Kevin Gautier added Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

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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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Del Staigers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Daniel Morris added Del Staigers   Charles Delaware "Del" Staigers was born on August 20, 1899 in Muncie, Indiana. His father was in the state of Delaware at the time of his birth and so he chose Delaware for his son's middle name. The kid didn't ...

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Ken Davern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Kevin Gautier added Ken Davern

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Pee Wee Russell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Kevin Gautier added Pee Wee Russell Post-bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Papa Celestin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Papa Celestin Jazz, Dixieland

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Bobby Bradford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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James Bubber Miley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
James Bubber Miley Dixieland

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Doc Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Doc Evans Jazz

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Ed Allen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Ed Allen Jazz

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Butch Morris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Butch Morris Jazz, Blues; Dixieland

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Albert Brunies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Albert Brunies Jazz

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

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Ed Polcer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Ed Polcer Jazz, Blues

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Emmett Hardy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Emmett Hardy Jazz

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Ernie Carson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Ernie Carson Jazz; blues; soul; swing

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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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Merritt Brunies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Merritt Brunies Jazz; blues

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Jim Cullum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Jim Cullum, Jr. Jazz; blues; soul

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Buddie Petit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Buddie Petit Jazz

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Dick Sudhalter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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Dan Barrett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time

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George Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
George Mitchell Music hall

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Paul Mares is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Paul Mares Dixieland

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Chris Tyle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Chris Tyle Dixieland

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Monk Hazel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Monk Hazel Jazz, Blues

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Wooden Joe Nicholas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Wooden Joe Nicholas Jazz, Blues; Dixieland

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

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Sterling Bose is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Sterling Bose Jazz; blues; soul

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Olu Dara is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Olu Dara Jazz

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Peter Ecklund is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Peter Ecklund Jazz; blues; soul

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Dewey Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Cornetists of All Time
Dewey Jackson Jazz, Blues