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!
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1
3,115 1,453
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,090 930
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,347 1,126
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
2,362 1,158
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

5
1,932 925
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

6
2,297 1,128
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

7
1,649 771
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

8
1,482 681
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
1,683 794
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,257 579
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,177 579
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,251 633
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,227 701
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

14
857 489
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

Famous Jazz Trumpeters

15
977 619
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

16
868 551
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry James Swing music, Big band, Jazz

17
910 595
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
959 659
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

19
804 535
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
547 368
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
687 525
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

The Best Rock Vocalists

22
607 453
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

23
559 425
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

24
511 392
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
629 561
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

26
428 354
Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Todd Gustafson added Bill Chase Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

27
403 344
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

28
539 494
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

The Best Trumpet Brands for Beginners

29
403 351
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

30
486 447
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

31
392 343
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

32
375 329
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

33
146 71
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Nikos Paparoupas added Nick Paparoupas contemporary-jazz-blues-funk-latin-music

34
486 461
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

35
439 409
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

36
225 168
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

37
335 299
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

38
304 265
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

39
336 307
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

40
197 144
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

41
345 328
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Kenny Dorham Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

42
402 406
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

Musicians Who Died of Alcoholism

43
199 167
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

44
282 274
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

45
241 225
Derek Watkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry Nijkamp added Derek Watkins Big band, Jazz, Film score

46
448 502
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

47
242 240
Blue Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Flynn Tolbert added Blue Mitchell Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

48
479 564
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

49
219 218
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
341 396
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues