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
446 178
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
499 204
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

3
248 84
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

4
306 113
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

5
224 75
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

6
325 128
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

7
368 150
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

8
191 63
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

9
178 57
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

10
174 55
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz

11
199 68
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
319 136
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
134 42
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
128 40
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

15
117 45
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

16
140 61
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

17
119 48
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

18
69 22
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk

19
125 68
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added

20
82 37
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

21
103 55
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

22
96 50
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

23
74 34
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Jazz

24
67 30
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
46 16
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

26
31 5
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

27
87 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
64 35
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

29
55 30
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added

30
25 5
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added

31
21 4
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

32
46 26
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

33
51 31
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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

35
59 40
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jazz

36
23 8
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

37
38 22
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

38
61 44
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

39
45 30
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

40
25 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
38 25
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added Jazz, Dixieland

42
40 27
Jimmy Knepper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

43
44 31
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

44
48 35
Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
nicnini added Alain Trudel

45
33 21
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
DustinFreeman added Christopher Bill

46
17 6
Ed Kleinhammer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Ed Kleinhammer

47
16 6
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

48
33 24
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
picardy37 added Jazz

49
16 8
John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added

50
25 17
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet