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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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J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
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Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop
3
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz
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Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
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Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz
11
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
12
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
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Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band
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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
16
Sonny Russo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
picardy37 added Sonny Russo Jazz and Big Band
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Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney
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Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop
19
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added
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Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk
21
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
22
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz
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Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop
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Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jazz
25
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh