Jazz The Greatest Trombonists of All Time  

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Who are the best trombone players in of all time? This list of the greatest trombonists in history features musicians from many genres, including jazz and classical. The trombone is in the brass family and requires years of practice to master, as there are no keys or exact positions for each note. The trombonists on this list have worked for years to become the best, no matter what genre they specialize in.

The trombone’s telescoping slide changes the pitch and length of the note. The trombone is used in classical music, orchestral music, and frequently in jazz and soul music as well. These best trombone players have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or an improvisational jazz solo.

The best trombonists of all time include talented musicians as Glenn Miller, Joseph Alessi, Arthur Pryor, and J. J. Johnson. To become one of the best trombonists of all time takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and composure.

Vote up the best trombonists of all time on the list below, or add a great trombone player who is not already on the list.
list ordered by

1
475 190
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

2
424 172
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
289 108
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

4
228 78
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

5
357 145
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

6
311 124
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

7
211 73
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

8
193 66
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
164 52
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz

10
181 61
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

11
168 55
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

12
304 135
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
126 42
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
119 40
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

15
112 45
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

16
113 47
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

17
129 61
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

18
65 22
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk

19
118 67
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added

20
77 37
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

21
100 55
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

22
72 34
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Jazz

23
62 27
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
tkezn603 added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

24
28 4
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

25
89 50
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

26
84 48
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

27
42 15
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

28
61 35
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

29
23 5
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added

30
45 26
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

31
49 30
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added

32
46 28
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added

33
19 4
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

34
57 40
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

35
47 31
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

36
36 22
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

37
19 8
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

38
37 25
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added Jazz, Dixieland

39
57 44
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

40
23 12
Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Pop music, Salsa music, Jazz

41
42 30
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

42
16 6
Ed Kleinhammer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Ed Kleinhammer

43
28 18
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
DustinFreeman added Christopher Bill

44
40 30
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

45
15 6
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

46
44 35
Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
nicnini added Alain Trudel

47
25 17
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

48
32 24
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
1503538756926 added Jazz

49
35 27
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

50
11 4
Frank Crisafulli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Frank Crisafulli