Bands/Musicians The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time  

Ranker Music
108.5k votes 10.7k voters 116.2k views 193 items

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!

1
3,440 1,689
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,287 1,081
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,614 1,289
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
2,152 1,060
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

5
2,607 1,313
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
1,681 804
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
2,530 1,282
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

8
1,773 859
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
1,868 923
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,373 654
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,262 643
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,342 701
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,326 787
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

14
972 543
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

15
969 615
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry James Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
1,054 708
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
1,011 686
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
1,069 750
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

19
898 628
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
610 412
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
637 463
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

22
761 593
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

23
693 530
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

24
547 439
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
670 651
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

26
440 392
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

27
474 434
Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Todd Gustafson added Bill Chase Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

28
445 416
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

29
579 572
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

30
544 536
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

31
425 398
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

32
539 534
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

33
482 475
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

34
407 392
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
365 350
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

36
362 347
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

37
332 311
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

38
217 171
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

39
228 187
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

40
258 232
Ranker Video
Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

41
442 471
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

42
234 222
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

43
260 262
Derek Watkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry Nijkamp added Derek Watkins Big band, Jazz, Film score

44
365 403
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Kenny Dorham Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

45
536 638
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

46
490 577
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

47
147 113
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added Lew Soloff

48
301 335
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

49
254 278
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

50
205 210
Ronald Romm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
William Baumeister added Ronald Romm