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
3,512 1,713
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,322 1,098
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,669 1,299
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

4
2,650 1,326
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

5
2,571 1,291
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

6
2,173 1,074
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

7
1,704 812
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

8
1,796 864
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
1,892 930
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,398 659
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,273 646
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,357 706
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,346 791
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
West Coast jazz

14
984 548
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

15
982 621
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
1,070 711
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
1,027 693
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
1,080 757
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary

19
917 635
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

20
620 414
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
649 465
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical

22
773 600
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

23
698 536
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

24
551 443
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
446 394
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
682 659
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jazz, Bebop

27
484 441
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
560 542
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

29
452 422
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

30
585 579
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

31
548 540
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

32
430 402
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

33
494 479
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music

34
413 397
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
373 353
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

36
342 316
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added

37
368 350
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

38
219 176
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

39
229 190
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Jazz

40
263 236
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

41
449 477
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added

42
267 264
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
238 226
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added

44
504 586
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Smooth jazz, Jazz

45
545 644
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
367 408
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

47
150 116
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added

48
305 338
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

49
210 213
Ronald Romm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
William Baumeister added Ronald Romm

50
261 287
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Terrance Hazly added Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop