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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552 105
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
303 106
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
246 85
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

4
226 77
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

5
251 90
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

6
264 101
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

7
252 96
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

8
320 134
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

9
173 61
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

10
164 62
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
211 96
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
124 51
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

13
116 49
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

14
96 42
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

15
70 30
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
1480645627021 added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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72 32
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

17
81 41
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

18
69 32
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

19
80 43
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

20
45 17
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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66 35
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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

23
122 85
Glen Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
ConnelyLambert added

24
66 39
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
104 73
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

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43 22
Dickie Wells is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Dickie Wells Jazz

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

28
47 27
Joe Nanton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joe Nanton Jazz

29
12 1
Julian Priester is listed (or ranked) 29 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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52 36
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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33 19
Dave Steinmeyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Don New added Dave Steinmeyer

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33 20
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
17 5
Elliot Mason is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Krisztian Csapo added Elliot Mason

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17 6
Trummy Young is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
trombone added Jazz

35
34 24
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

36
25 16
Ray Anderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Jazz

37
12 3
Marshall Gilkes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
IndigoBone added

38
29 21
Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ricardo da Mata added

39
36 29
Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Mornette added Avant-garde jazz, Jazz, Free jazz

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34 27
Bennie Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

41
27 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

42
63 61
Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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

44
5 0
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
hendrik·decker added Jazz

45
4 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

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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
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