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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.

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470 87
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

2
205 67
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
225 83
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
276 111
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

5
218 81
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

6
228 92
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

7
223 96
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

8
167 66
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

9
150 57
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

10
141 55
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
191 87
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
110 45
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
85 36
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

14
96 46
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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66 34
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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56 28
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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107 72
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added Glen Miller

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56 29
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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46 21
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1480645627021 added Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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55 29
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

21
65 38
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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95 64
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
rbtnathan123 added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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61 37
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Grachan Moncur III Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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34 14
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

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38 20
Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

26
41 25
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

27
47 35
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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32 21
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

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19 8
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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26 17
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Antonio R Acosta added Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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11 2
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Krisztian Csapo added Elliot Mason

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33 25
Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Roswell Rudd Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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29 22
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

34
57 53
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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21 15
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Ray Anderson Jazz

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25 21
Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

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24 20
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added Bill Harris

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20 16
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

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27 25
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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8 4
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Trummy Young Jazz

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30 30
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
slaft added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

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5 2
Bugs Beddow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bugs Beddow added bugs Beddow

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3 0
Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
WhiteySG added Julian Priester Jazz - versatile and highly advanced trombonist capable of playing hard bop, post-bop, R&B, fusion, or full-on avant-garde jazz; however, he remains under-appreciated due to the paucity of sessions he recorded under his own name ...

44
2 0
Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
IndigoBone added Marshall Gilkes

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17 19
Honoré Dutrey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Honoré Dutrey Dixieland

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19 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

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6 7
Luis Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Vicen Tormo added Luis Bonilla Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Latin jazz

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1 1
Daniel Golden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1516219064940 added Daniel Golden

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1 1
Alexa Braverman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1516219064940 added Alexa Braverman

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1 1
ilan benjamin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1516219064940 added ilan benjamin