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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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J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
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Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
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Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz
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Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop
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Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
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Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
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Sonny Russo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
picardy37 added Sonny Russo
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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
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Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band
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Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz
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Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney
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Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical
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Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk
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Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical
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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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James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
tkezn603 added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz
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Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
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Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop
25
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Jazz