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
486 192
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
2
393 158
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
3
272 98
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
4
242 83
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
5
544 237
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
6
189 60
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz
7
205 69
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop
8
208 76
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
9
332 144
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
10
142 43
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
11
335 152
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
12
342 159
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
13
145 54
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
14
189 82
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band
15
125 54
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz
16
50 9
Sonny Russo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
picardy37 added Sonny Russo
17
150 82
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
18
133 70
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney
19
81 38
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk
20
138 83
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added
21
107 65
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical
22
104 64
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical
23
94 56
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
24
79 44
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Jazz
25
87 51
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop