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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2,084 926
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

2
3,105 1,449
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

3
2,340 1,123
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
2,359 1,153
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
1,929 921
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

6
1,646 767
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

7
2,292 1,124
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

8
1,478 677
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
1,683 790
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,257 576
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,176 578
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,249 631
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,222 699
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

14
857 486
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
975 616
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

16
868 548
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry James Swing music, Big band, Jazz

17
909 591
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

18
804 530
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added James Morrison Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

19
958 655
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

20
547 364
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
607 450
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time

22
685 522
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

23
559 423
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

24
510 391
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
629 558
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

26
428 351
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
539 491
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

28
402 343
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

The Best Trumpet Brands for Beginners

29
402 349
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

30
486 444
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

31
391 342
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

32
146 68
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Nikos Paparoupas added Nick Paparoupas contemporary-jazz-blues-funk-latin-music

33
373 328
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

34
486 458
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

35
439 407
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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224 167
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

37
333 298
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

38
303 264
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

39
336 306
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

40
197 142
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

41
342 326
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
401 403
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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199 164
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

44
281 272
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

45
241 223
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
447 500
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

47
241 238
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
479 562
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
218 216
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
341 394
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues