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

2
3,334 1,630
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

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2,539 1,248
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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2,094 1,023
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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2,546 1,277
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

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2,478 1,243
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

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1,739 832
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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1,840 890
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

9
1,627 772
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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1,352 631
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

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1,242 626
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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1,326 682
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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961 523
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

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1,299 768
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

Famous Jazz Trumpeters

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

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

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

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

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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

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Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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631 450
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

The Worst Bands of All Time

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

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Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

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537 428
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

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662 626
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

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468 413
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

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433 381
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

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572 552
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

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Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

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433 398
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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532 516
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

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416 386
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

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403 376
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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475 461
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

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326 294
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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211 159
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

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222 173
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

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356 338
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

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352 335
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

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254 216
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

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438 453
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

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230 203
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Kenny Dorham Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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256 252
Derek Watkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry Nijkamp added Derek Watkins Big band, Jazz, Film score

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482 558
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

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522 615
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

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140 104
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added Lew Soloff

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296 321
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

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246 260
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

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147 126
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