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.
list ordered by

1
487 197
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

2
437 175
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

3
300 111
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

4
240 82
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

5
323 126
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

6
218 74
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

7
364 149
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

8
172 53
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz

9
196 68
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

10
186 63
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

11
174 57
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

12
313 135
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
131 42
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
127 40
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

15
116 45
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

16
116 47
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

17
133 61
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

18
68 22
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk

19
81 37
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

20
122 67
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added

21
101 55
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

22
73 34
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Jazz

23
29 4
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

24
64 28
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
92 50
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

26
44 15
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

27
86 48
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

28
63 35
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

29
24 5
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added

30
51 30
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added

31
46 26
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

32
51 31
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

33
20 4
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

34
47 29
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added

35
58 40
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

36
38 22
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

37
44 30
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

38
20 8
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

39
38 25
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added Jazz, Dixieland

40
24 12
Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Pop music, Salsa music, Jazz

41
58 44
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

42
43 30
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

43
17 6
Ed Kleinhammer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Ed Kleinhammer

44
39 27
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

45
47 35
Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
nicnini added Alain Trudel

46
16 6
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

47
30 20
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
DustinFreeman added Christopher Bill

48
33 24
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
1503538756926 added Jazz

49
25 17
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

50
11 4
Frank Crisafulli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Frank Crisafulli