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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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J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
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Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop
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Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
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Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz
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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop
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Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz
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Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop
15
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
henry.mruz added Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin
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Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland
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Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
jazznbsbl added Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop
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Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
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Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Jazz, Funk
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Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
hendrik┬Ědecker added Jazz
25
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz