bands/musicians The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time  

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List Rules The best trumpet players in history. Vote up the greatest trumpet players of all time.

The trumpet is an important instrument across many genres. Many of the musicians on this list are absolute trumpet legends who forever shaped jazz, blues, swing, Dixieland, and other genres. This list also includes current trumpeters who are big names in the industry. Who are the greatest trumpeters of all time?
 
The trumpet is greatly appreciated in any genre of music because it accompanies just about any instrument well. Most of the trumpeters who are featured on this list have many years of practice behind them, and several of them play other instruments in the brass family. In fact, it’s quite common for a trumpeter to branch out with other instruments like the cornet or trombone.
 
This list features the all time greatest trumpeters including, Wynton Marsalis, Louis Armstrong, Paolo Fresu, Maurice André, and Miles Davis. Vote up the best trumpet players below and see where the musicians you think are the best rank!
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2,117 975
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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2
2,133 986
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

3
2,742 1,311
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

4
2,091 973
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

5
1,848 845
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

6
1,499 666
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

7
1,538 696
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

8
1,730 820
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

9
1,160 509
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

10
1,327 613
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

11
1,155 579
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

12
1,087 541
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

13
1,103 640
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

14
800 445
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

15
912 533
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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16
824 473
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

17
725 406
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added James Morrison Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

18
867 534
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

19
791 503
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry James Swing music, Big band, Jazz

20
138 13
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Nikos Paparoupas added Nick Paparoupas contemporary-jazz-blues-funk-latin-music

21
505 323
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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22
562 393
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

23
577 445
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

24
610 479
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

25
476 354
Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Woody Shaw Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

26
496 381
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

27
501 387
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

28
447 376
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

29
367 296
Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Todd Gustafson added Bill Chase Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

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373 307
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

31
446 390
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

32
367 306
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

33
367 310
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

34
369 314
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
188 118
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Terrance Hazly added Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

36
344 292
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

37
192 130
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

38
397 360
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

39
312 275
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

40
318 286
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Kenny Dorham Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

41
273 240
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

42
302 275
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

43
164 114
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

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172 129
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

45
402 407
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

46
263 242
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

47
439 462
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

48
223 201
Blue Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Flynn Tolbert added Blue Mitchell Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

49
216 194
Derek Watkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry Nijkamp added Derek Watkins Big band, Jazz, Film score

50
304 319
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues