Jazz The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time  

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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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566 110
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
316 108
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
256 87
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

4
232 79
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

5
257 93
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

6
260 97
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
268 102
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

8
329 135
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

9
177 62
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

10
168 62
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
217 96
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
127 52
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

13
117 49
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

14
99 43
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

15
75 31
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1480645627021 added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
84 41
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

17
72 32
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

18
71 32
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

19
83 43
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

20
69 35
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

21
47 17
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
jazznbsbl added Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

22
52 22
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

23
109 74
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
rbtnathan123 added Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

24
123 87
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added

25
67 39
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

26
30 10
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Jazz, Funk

27
43 22
Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

28
13 1
Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
WhiteySG added 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

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47 27
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

30
7 0
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
hendrik·decker added Jazz

31
53 36
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

32
34 19
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

33
35 20
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Antonio R Acosta added Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

34
18 5
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Krisztian Csapo added Elliot Mason

35
17 6
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Jazz

36
14 3
Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
IndigoBone added

37
34 24
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

38
26 16
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Jazz

39
29 21
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added

40
36 29
Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

41
34 27
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

42
27 21
Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

43
64 61
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

44
34 32
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
slaft added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

45
5 0
Vic Dickenson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Neill PIckard added

August 6, 1906 – November 16, 1984 -partnerships with Count Basie (1940–41), Sidney Bechet (1941), and Earl Hines. member of "The World's Greatest Jazz Band

46
8 5
Raul de Souza is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Lester Kraszny added

47
4 1
Alexa Braverman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1516219064940 added Alexa Braverman

48
2 0
Vic Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Neill PIckard added Vic Dickerson

49
18 19
George Bohannon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
George Bohannon Jazz

50
5 4
Bugs Beddow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bugs Beddow added bugs Beddow