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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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406 165
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joseph Alessi Classical

2
253 90
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

3
375 152
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
J. J. Johnson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

4
316 131
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
280 114
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Christian Lindberg Classical

6
184 64
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

7
165 54
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

8
195 70
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

9
169 58
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

10
144 46
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Carl Fontana Jazz

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279 125
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
142 49
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

13
109 33
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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114 39
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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105 41
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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113 56
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Ian Bousfield Classical

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92 43
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

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51 15
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

19
69 32
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

20
66 30
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Steve Turre Jazz

21
82 45
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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86 49
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

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93 60
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & Orleans Avenue

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47 23
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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32 11
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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73 46
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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55 31
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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16 2
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

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40 22
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

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41 24
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Zoltan Kiss

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44 27
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added George Roberts

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42 27
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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51 36
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

34
15 3
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added J. C. Higginbotham

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13 2
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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37 25
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

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16 6
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
DustinFreeman added Christopher Bill

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17 8
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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13 5
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Douglas Yeo

40
20 12
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

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27 19
Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
1503538756926 added Melba Liston Jazz

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30 22
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added John Allred Jazz, Dixieland

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9 2
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Phil Wilson

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47 40
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

45
32 26
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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29 23
Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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10 4
John Fedchock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added John Fedchock

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10 4
Harry Watters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Harry Watters Jazz

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10 4
Bill Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Bill Reichenbach

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9 3
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added George Lewis