Jazz 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.

list ordered by

1
659 126
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
371 128
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

3
299 99
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

4
277 92
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

5
301 105
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

6
306 113
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

7
294 107
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

8
369 157
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

9
203 73
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

10
199 73
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

11
244 108
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
154 61
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

13
134 57
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

14
112 56
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

15
87 40
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

16
100 50
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

17
86 40
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

18
97 49
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
henry.mruz added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

19
69 30
Andy Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Joshua Palmer added Andy Martin

20
95 51
Jiggs Whigham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

21
61 24
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
81 42
Lawrence Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

23
25 3
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
hendrik·decker added Jazz

24
78 46
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
43 16
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time
Ryan Williams added Jazz, Funk