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
3,571 1,750
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

2
2,353 1,124
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,714 1,325
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

4
2,704 1,350
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

5
2,609 1,309
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

6
2,214 1,094
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

7
1,818 879
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

8
1,735 833
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
1,918 943
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,417 675
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,285 657
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,375 717
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,372 806
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
West Coast jazz

14
998 567
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

15
995 638
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
1,090 726
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
1,045 710
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
1,097 772
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary

19
932 648
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

20
630 426
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
669 479
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical

22
781 612
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

23
706 550
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

24
557 451
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
453 398
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
689 668
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jazz, Bebop

27
490 454
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
577 558
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

29
508 492
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music

30
558 551
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

31
457 433
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

32
436 411
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

33
589 592
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

34
419 407
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
349 326
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added

36
376 360
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Bebop

37
373 357
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz

38
223 185
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

39
457 488
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added

40
268 247
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

41
230 203
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Jazz

42
272 273
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
244 237
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added

44
507 597
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Smooth jazz, Jazz

45
549 658
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
370 417
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

47
152 123
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added

48
308 348
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added

49
266 297
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
212 221
Ronald Romm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
William Baumeister added Ronald Romm