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

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407 164
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
J. J. Johnson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

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276 103
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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343 142
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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299 121
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Christian Lindberg Classical

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212 76
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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199 70
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Carl Fontana Jazz

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

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162 53
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

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174 60
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

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296 131
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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116 37
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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120 41
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

The Greatest Jazz Trombonists of All Time

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111 44
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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Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

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Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Ian Bousfield Classical

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60 20
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Steve Turre Jazz

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75 36
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

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96 53
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

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

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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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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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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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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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Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

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

The Best Jazz Trombonists in the World

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J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added J. C. Higginbotham

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Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

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18 3
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Michael Davis

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Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Zoltan Kiss

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

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46 30
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added George Roberts

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45 30
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

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

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41 28
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

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15 4
Ed Kleinhammer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Ed Kleinhammer

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33 21
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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21 10
Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Barry Rogers Pop music, Salsa music, Jazz

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Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

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John Allred is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added John Allred Jazz, Dixieland

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Melba Liston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
1503538756926 added Melba Liston Jazz

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

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Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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12 4
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Phil Wilson

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Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

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Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
nicnini added Alain Trudel