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

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324 139
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joseph Alessi Classical

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195 75
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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270 116
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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235 98
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Christian Lindberg Classical

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162 59
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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155 56
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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116 35
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Carl Fontana Jazz

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138 50
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

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244 112
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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141 53
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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121 46
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

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97 34
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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92 31
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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95 37
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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97 52
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Ian Bousfield Classical

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73 39
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

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58 29
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

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77 45
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

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33 12
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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71 44
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

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49 26
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Steve Turre Jazz

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66 43
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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36 20
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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39 24
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added George Roberts

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22 9
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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70 53
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & Orleans Avenue

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44 30
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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35 22
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Zoltan Kiss

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

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19 10
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

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45 35
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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32 24
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

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8 1
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

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8 1
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Michael Davis

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29 22
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

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25 20
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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12 7
Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Barry Rogers Pop music, Salsa music, Jazz

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8 3
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added J. C. Higginbotham

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6 1
Bill Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Bill Reichenbach

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42 38
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

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34 30
Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
nicnini added Alain Trudel

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28 24
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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24 20
Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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12 8
Jimmy Bosch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jimmy Bosch

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11 7
Willie Colón is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Willie Colón Salsa, Salsa music, Bolero

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7 3
Harry Watters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Harry Watters Jazz

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6 2
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Douglas Yeo

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6 2
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added George Lewis

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5 1
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Phil Wilson