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!
list ordered by

1
3,602 1,786
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,760 1,341
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

3
2,384 1,141
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

4
2,743 1,365
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

5
2,633 1,326
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

6
1,759 839
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
2,239 1,108
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

8
1,829 885
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
1,929 947
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,435 678
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,291 661
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,387 722
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,385 809
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
West Coast jazz

14
1,004 569
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

15
1,008 642
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
1,101 730
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
1,055 714
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
1,102 776
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary

19
938 653
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

20
634 429
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
677 482
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical

22
791 616
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

23
711 553
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

24
561 455
Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

25
459 402
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

26
697 671
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jazz, Bebop

27
497 456
Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Todd Gustafson added Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

28
585 565
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

29
462 435
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

30
561 554
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

31
512 498
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music

32
439 415
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

33
591 597
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

34
424 410
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
380 363
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

36
352 329
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added

37
377 361
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

38
224 190
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

39
270 250
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

40
458 494
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added

41
232 205
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Jazz

42
274 275
Derek Watkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry Nijkamp added Big band, Jazz, Film score

43
516 600
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Smooth jazz, Jazz

44
246 239
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added

45
559 661
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

46
372 418
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

47
153 125
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added

48
274 298
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Terrance Hazly added Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

49
308 350
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

50
213 222
Ronald Romm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
William Baumeister added Ronald Romm