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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
J. J. Johnson 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
Joseph Alessi Classical

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197 77
Wycliffe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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274 117
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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240 101
Christian Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Christian Lindberg Classical

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159 57
Urbie Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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119 38
Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
bsdoering added Carl Fontana Jazz

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164 63
Bill Watrous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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248 115
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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139 51
Frank Rosolino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Frank Rosolino Hard bop, Bebop

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144 54
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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124 46
Arthur Pryor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Arthur Pryor Big Band

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95 31
Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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99 34
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Curtis Fuller Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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97 38
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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98 52
Ian Bousfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Ian Bousfield Classical

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74 40
Bob Mcchesney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
BillGross added Bob Mcchesney

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79 45
Denis Wick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Denis Wick Classical

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59 29
Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Bob Brookmeyer Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop

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36 12
Fred Wesley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Fred Wesley Jazz, Funk

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52 27
Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
moshcohen added Steve Turre Jazz

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71 44
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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67 43
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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38 20
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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40 24
George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added George Roberts

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24 9
Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Conrad Herwig Afro-Caribbean music, Big band, Post-bop

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47 30
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kid Ory Jazz, Dixieland

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73 54
Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Delina Jenkins Caldwell added Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & Orleans Avenue

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35 22
Zoltan Kiss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Zoltan Kiss

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

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19 10
Michel Becquet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
diLasso added Michel Becquet

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47 36
Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Al Grey Jazz

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32 22
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Jazz

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33 24
Jimmy Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jimmy Cleveland Hard bop, Bebop

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8 1
Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Michael Davis

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9 1
Jim Pugh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Jim Pugh

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11 3
J. C. Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added J. C. Higginbotham

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14 7
Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Barry Rogers Pop music, Salsa music, Jazz

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25 20
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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7 2
Douglas Yeo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Douglas Yeo

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42 38
Jay Friedman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Jay Friedman Classical

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34 30
Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
nicnini added Alain Trudel

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28 24
Troy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Kate Kavanagh added Troy Andrews Hip hop music, Rock music, Jazz

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25 21
Bob Havens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
trombonemaster38 added Bob Havens

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12 8
Jimmy Bosch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Jimmy Bosch

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12 8
Willie Colón is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added Willie Colón Salsa, Salsa music, Bolero

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8 4
Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
David Tintle added Bruce Fowler Rock music, Classical music, Experimental music

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7 3
Harry Watters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Harry Watters Jazz

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6 2
Bill Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Pat McFarland added Bill Reichenbach

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7 2
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trombonists of All Time
Andujar added George Lewis