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The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time 

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Updated November 21, 2019 152.7k votes 15.5k voters 153.7k views 177 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!
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Doc Severinsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Adolph Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Timofei Dokschitzer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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