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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433 173
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joseph Alessi Classical

2
396 160
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
269 100
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

4
335 137
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
157 47
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Carl Fontana Jazz

6
207 74
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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291 118
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Christian Lindberg Classical

8
194 68
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

9
173 58
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

10
180 62
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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158 52
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

12
294 130
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
114 35
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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119 40
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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110 43
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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124 58
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Ian Bousfield Classical

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104 45
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

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57 19
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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70 31
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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75 35
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

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87 47
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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93 52
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

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104 63
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & Orleans Avenue

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40 13
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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55 25
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
tkezn603 added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

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23 3
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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80 46
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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22 3
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added J. C. Higginbotham

The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World

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59 33
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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43 24
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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45 26
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Zoltan Kiss

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24 9
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
DustinFreeman added Christopher Bill

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46 29
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added George Roberts

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56 38
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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45 29
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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16 3
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Michael Davis

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18 5
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Douglas Yeo

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41 27
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

39
21 9
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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34 22
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added John Allred Jazz, Dixieland

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31 20
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
1503538756926 added Melba Liston Jazz

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31 20
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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33 23
Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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12 3
Ed Kleinhammer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Ed Kleinhammer

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12 3
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Phil Wilson

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22 13
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

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51 41
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

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35 26
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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13 5
Bill Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Bill Reichenbach

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13 5
John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added John Fedchock