Jazz The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time  

Ranker Music
5.7k votes 1.3k voters 69.8k views 67 items Embed

List Rules Vote up the all time best jazz trombone players in history

Who are the best jazz trombone players ever? The trombone is a brass instrument, played with a telescoping slide, which the trombonist moves to change the pitch of each note. The trombone is used in classical and orchestral music, but is also incredibly common in jazz music as well. This list has the best jazz trombonists to ever pick up the instrument.

These best jazz trombone players in history are from different eras but are all extremely talented jazz musicians. The great trombonists on this list have the ability to create flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece, or an improvisational solo. These musicians have helped define jazz, and make it the genre it is today.

The best jazz trombonists of all time include musicians such as, Jack Teagarden, Tommy Dorsey, and Delfeayo Marsalis. To become one of the best jazz trombonists of all time takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and natural skill.

Vote up the greatest jazz trombonists on the list below or add a jazz trombone player you think is the best if he or she isn't already on the list.

list ordered by

1
411 80
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
J. J. Johnson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time The Best Dance Movies On Netflix Instant

2
176 60
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
198 73
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
243 103
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

5
202 83
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

6
201 83
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

7
188 76
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

8
147 60
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

9
132 51
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

10
126 49
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
173 82
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
98 40
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

13
71 30
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

14
86 43
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

15
87 55
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
rbtnathan123 added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
50 26
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

17
60 35
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

18
93 64
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added Glen Miller

19
50 27
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

20
50 27
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

21
54 31
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

22
56 33
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Grachan Moncur III Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

23
26 13
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
jazznbsbl added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

24
31 18
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1480645627021 added Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

25
32 19
Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

26
36 23
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

27
44 32
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

28
28 20
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

29
30 23
Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Roswell Rudd Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

The Greatest Trombonists of All Time The Best Things About Fall

30
26 20
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

31
53 49
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

32
22 16
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Antonio R Acosta added Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

33
11 6
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

34
23 20
Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

35
22 19
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added Bill Harris

36
5 0
Bugs Beddow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bugs Beddow added bugs Beddow

37
17 14
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

38
16 13
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Ray Anderson Jazz

39
25 24
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

40
27 27
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
slaft added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

41
17 17
Honoré Dutrey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Honoré Dutrey Dixieland

42
5 4
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Trummy Young Jazz

43
4 6
Luis Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Vicen Tormo added Luis Bonilla Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Latin jazz

The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History The Best Mystery Novels

44
18 24
Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

45
10 14
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added George Lewis

46
17 23
Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bruce Fowler Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

47
11 16
Fred Beckett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Fred Beckett Jazz

48
9 14
Buddy Baker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
DavidSanders1 added Buddy Baker Film score

49
8 13
Frank Lacy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Frank Lacy

50
1 4
Raul de Souza is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Lester Kraszny added Raul de Souza