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.

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

2
417 168
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
J. J. Johnson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
286 106
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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224 77
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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353 144
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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305 123
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Christian Lindberg Classical

7
207 73
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

8
190 66
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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163 52
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Carl Fontana Jazz

10
179 61
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

11
165 54
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

12
300 134
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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123 41
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
119 39
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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112 44
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Slide Hampton Hard bop, Jazz

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109 47
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

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128 60
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Ian Bousfield Classical

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63 21
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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72 33
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Steve Turre Jazz

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114 66
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & Orleans Avenue

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98 54
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

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75 37
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

23
89 49
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

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60 27
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
tkezn603 added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

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42 14
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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27 4
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

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82 47
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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61 34
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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23 4
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added J. C. Higginbotham

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45 25
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

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18 3
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Michael Davis

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45 27
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Zoltan Kiss

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48 30
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added George Roberts

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57 39
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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46 30
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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35 21
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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37 23
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added John Allred Jazz, Dixieland

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42 28
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

39
22 10
Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Barry Rogers Pop music, Salsa music, Jazz

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18 7
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Douglas Yeo

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15 5
Ed Kleinhammer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Ed Kleinhammer

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55 44
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

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32 22
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
1503538756926 added Melba Liston Jazz

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14 5
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Phil Wilson

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25 16
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
DustinFreeman added Christopher Bill

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38 29
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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43 34
Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
nicnini added Alain Trudel

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15 7
John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added John Fedchock

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24 16
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

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34 26
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time