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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3,360 1,637
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,247 1,051
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,549 1,262
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
2,110 1,030
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

5
2,557 1,287
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
2,491 1,252
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

7
1,849 895
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

8
1,744 837
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
1,636 779
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

10
1,359 634
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,249 629
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,328 686
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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962 527
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

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1,300 773
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

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947 602
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry James Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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1,034 693
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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996 668
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

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1,056 732
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

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880 611
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

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606 401
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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631 452
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

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686 515
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

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748 578
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

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538 431
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

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470 420
Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Todd Gustafson added Bill Chase Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

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662 634
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

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434 384
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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573 558
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

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535 519
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

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536 522
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

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433 403
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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417 389
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

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476 466
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

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403 381
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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328 299
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

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212 163
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

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223 177
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

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357 341
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

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353 338
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

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255 221
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

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440 459
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

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230 210
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

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361 392
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

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256 255
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

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483 564
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

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523 622
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

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141 107
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added Lew Soloff

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296 326
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

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247 267
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Terrance Hazly added Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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199 203
Ronald Romm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
William Baumeister added Ronald Romm