Jazz The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time  

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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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1
611 121
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
349 117
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
258 84
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

4
274 93
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

5
353 139
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

6
280 102
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
271 99
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

8
282 107
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
15 0
Vic Dickenson is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
191 66
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

11
185 67
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

12
230 101
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
144 54
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

14
127 53
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

15
108 50
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

16
86 40
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

17
92 45
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

18
77 36
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

19
75 35
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

20
76 36
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

21
89 47
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

22
60 25
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

23
53 20
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
jazznbsbl added Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

24
74 41
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

25
116 78
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
rbtnathan123 added Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz