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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366 154
Joseph Alessi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joseph Alessi Classical

2
346 144
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

3
226 84
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

4
180 64
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

5
257 106
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Christian Lindberg Classical

6
290 124
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
132 40
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Carl Fontana Jazz

8
167 59
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

9
153 55
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

10
147 52
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

11
260 118
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
103 31
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

13
130 47
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

14
107 38
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

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100 40
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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103 54
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Ian Bousfield Classical

17
82 42
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

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62 29
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

19
41 13
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

20
60 28
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Steve Turre Jazz

21
78 45
Jörgen Van Rijen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jörgen Van Rijen Classical

Famous Jazz Trombonists

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80 47
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

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71 44
Nils Landgren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Nils Landgren Hip hop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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27 10
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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80 56
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & Orleans Avenue

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50 30
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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40 22
James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
tkezn603 added James Pankow Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Jazz

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38 23
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Zoltan Kiss

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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41 26
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added George Roberts

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35 22
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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40 27
Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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49 36
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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12 2
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

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13 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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34 25
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

Gorgeous Celebrity Women Who Are Also Geniuses

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10 2
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Michael Davis

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16 8
Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Barry Rogers Pop music, Salsa music, Jazz

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20 12
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

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27 21
John Allred is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
SamFritschner added John Allred Jazz, Dixieland

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9 3
Christopher Bill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
DustinFreeman added Christopher Bill

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9 3
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Douglas Yeo

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44 39
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

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9 4
Harry Watters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Harry Watters Jazz

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8 3
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added George Lewis

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8 3
Bill Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Bill Reichenbach

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7 2
Phil Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Phil Wilson

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29 25
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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26 22
Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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23 19
Bart van Lier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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13 9
Jimmy Bosch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jimmy Bosch