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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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
292 101
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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220 72
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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235 82
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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242 89
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

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248 94
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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311 132
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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250 100
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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169 61
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

10
161 58
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
209 92
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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124 51
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

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110 49
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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93 41
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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67 26
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1480645627021 added Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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68 31
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

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68 32
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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78 41
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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78 43
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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120 82
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added Glen Miller

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43 17
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

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63 35
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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103 72
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
rbtnathan123 added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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

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Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

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29 10
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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45 27
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

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50 36
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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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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Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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29 19
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

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15 5
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Trummy Young Jazz

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15 5
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Krisztian Csapo added Elliot Mason

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Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Roswell Rudd Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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28 21
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added Bill Harris

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11 3
Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
IndigoBone added Marshall Gilkes

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11 1
Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 38 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 ...

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23 16
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Ray Anderson Jazz

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31 27
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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26 21
Eddie Bert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Eddie Bert Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Swing music

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61 61
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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34 32
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
slaft added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

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3 0
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
hendrik·decker added Albert Mangelsdorff Jazz

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

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Alexa Braverman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1516219064940 added Alexa Braverman

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Raul de Souza is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Lester Kraszny added Raul de Souza

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5 4
Bugs Beddow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Bugs Beddow added bugs Beddow

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18 20
Honoré Dutrey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Honoré Dutrey Dixieland

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1 0
Vic Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Neill PIckard added Vic Dickerson