music The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time  

Ranker Music
5.1k votes 1.2k voters 67.6k views 65 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
390 71
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 Dubstep DJs

2
164 54
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
182 66
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
194 73
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

5
232 96
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

6
181 70
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

7
188 77
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

8
125 44
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

9
141 54
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

10
122 44
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
93 32
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

12
163 76
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
82 36
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

14
65 26
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

15
47 20
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

The Best Jazz Composers of All Time Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

16
84 50
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
rbtnathan123 added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

17
56 28
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Grachan Moncur III Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

18
48 22
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

19
48 22
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

20
53 26
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

21
57 30
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

22
90 58
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added Glen Miller

23
7 0
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

24
24 8
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
jazznbsbl added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

25
35 18
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

26
30 14
Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

27
26 12
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1480645627021 added Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

28
42 27
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

29
29 17
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 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

30
25 14
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

31
25 15
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

32
16 9
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

33
18 11
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Antonio R Acosta added Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

34
21 14
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added Bill Harris

35
22 15
Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

36
50 44
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

37
25 19
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

38
13 8
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Ray Anderson Jazz

39
26 22
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
slaft added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

40
16 13
Honoré Dutrey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Honoré Dutrey Dixieland

41
3 0
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Trummy Young Jazz

42
8 7
Frank Lacy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Frank Lacy

43
2 1
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 Medical Drama Movies Streaming on Hulu

44
9 9
Buddy Baker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
DavidSanders1 added Buddy Baker Film score

45
9 9
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added George Lewis

46
10 11
Fred Beckett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Fred Beckett Jazz

47
17 19
Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bruce Fowler Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

48
17 19
Wayne Henderson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

49
2 2
Rick Stepton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Rick Stepton

50
2 2
Rick Stepton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Rick Stepton