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
3,545 1,734
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,341 1,112
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,696 1,312
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

4
2,675 1,340
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

5
2,592 1,302
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

6
2,198 1,084
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

7
1,809 873
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

8
1,723 825
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
1,904 938
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,411 669
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,281 655
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,368 715
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,359 800
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
West Coast jazz

14
991 559
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

15
990 632
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
1,078 723
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
1,039 702
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
1,090 768
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary

19
926 642
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

20
624 421
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
655 475
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical

22
778 609
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

23
702 546
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

24
556 449
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
451 396
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
686 665
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jazz, Bebop

27
487 451
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
566 553
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

29
502 486
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music

30
455 431
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

31
588 589
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

32
550 548
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

33
432 409
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

34
417 405
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
347 323
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added

36
375 358
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

37
370 355
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

38
220 183
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

39
230 199
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Jazz

40
264 244
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

41
451 485
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added

42
271 270
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
507 593
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Smooth jazz, Jazz

44
548 651
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

45
240 235
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added

46
368 416
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

47
152 121
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added

48
306 346
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

49
264 295
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Terrance Hazly added Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

50
211 219
Ronald Romm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
William Baumeister added Ronald Romm