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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1
3,229 1,553
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,165 996
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,453 1,192
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

4
1,788 841
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

5
2,467 1,226
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

6
2,403 1,191
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

7
1,573 735
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

8
2,018 983
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

9
1,692 809
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

10
1,314 608
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,211 610
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,288 672
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
934 511
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

14
1,266 746
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

Famous Jazz Trumpeters

15
911 580
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry James Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
1,005 662
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
960 634
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
1,014 695
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

19
847 576
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added James Morrison Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

20
585 388
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
670 481
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

The Best Opening Act You've Ever Seen

22
607 441
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

23
717 558
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

24
524 421
Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Woody Shaw Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

25
651 597
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

26
451 389
Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Todd Gustafson added Bill Chase Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

27
527 489
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

28
422 372
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

The Best Trumpet Brands for Beginners

29
559 528
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

30
521 487
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

31
419 383
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

32
467 447
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

33
402 378
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

34
387 367
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
317 286
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
203 150
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

37
216 166
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

38
241 200
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

39
431 433
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

40
348 332
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

41
343 329
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

42
225 189
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

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

43
353 372
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Kenny Dorham Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

44
252 246
Derek Watkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry Nijkamp added Derek Watkins Big band, Jazz, Film score

45
469 536
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

46
505 593
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

47
147 114
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Nikos Paparoupas added Nick Paparoupas contemporary-jazz-blues-funk-latin-music

48
292 310
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

49
129 98
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added Lew Soloff

50
234 244
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Terrance Hazly added Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop