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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1
470 183
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
521 213
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

3
323 119
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

4
264 92
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

5
236 80
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

6
379 153
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
203 66
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

8
333 134
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

9
184 58
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz

10
206 72
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

11
183 62
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

12
330 142
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
143 44
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
138 42
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

15
123 49
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

16
148 65
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

17
128 53
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

18
76 26
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk

19
134 73
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added

20
86 41
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

21
78 36
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Jazz

22
106 57
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

23
103 55
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

24
70 31
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
tkezn603 added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

25
37 7
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh