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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581 117
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
335 112
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
248 79
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

4
264 90
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

5
264 95
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

6
269 99
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
339 138
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

8
271 105
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
181 64
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

10
174 65
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
223 98
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
137 53
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

13
122 51
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

14
104 46
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

15
82 36
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
henry.mruz added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
89 42
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

17
74 33
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

18
73 34
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

19
86 45
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

20
73 36
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

21
50 18
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
55 24
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

23
71 41
Grachan Moncur III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

24
126 89
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added

25
109 76
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

26
8 0
Vic Dickenson is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
45 22
Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

28
31 10
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Jazz, Funk

29
48 28
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

30
56 37
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

31
35 20
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

32
36 22
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Antonio R Acosta added Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

33
20 7
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Jazz

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

35
11 1
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
hendrik·decker added Jazz

36
14 2
Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 36 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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16 4
Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
IndigoBone added

38
19 7
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Krisztian Csapo added Elliot Mason

39
28 18
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Jazz

40
36 27
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

41
31 22
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added

42
37 30
Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

43
29 22
Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

44
66 62
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

45
12 5
Raul de Souza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Lester Kraszny added

46
37 33
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
slaft added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

47
5 0
Vic Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Neill PIckard added Vic Dickerson

48
20 19
George Bohannon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
George Bohannon Jazz

49
4 1
Alexa Braverman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jake.Levy added Alexa Braverman

50
17 16
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added