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
463 182
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

2
511 209
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

3
259 88
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

4
316 116
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

5
229 78
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

6
375 152
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
329 131
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

8
204 69
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
178 56
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Jazz

10
195 65
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Bebop

11
180 60
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

12
327 138
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
138 43
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

14
133 41
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

15
145 62
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Classical

16
124 50
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

17
119 47
Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz

18
72 23
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jazz, Funk

19
130 71
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added

20
84 38
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

21
101 51
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

22
104 55
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

23
75 34
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Jazz

24
68 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
35 6
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh