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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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2,486 1,191
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

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2
1,359 594
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

3
1,897 880
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

4
1,898 881
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

5
1,655 753
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

6
1,407 624
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

7
1,902 896
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

8
1,223 546
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
1,056 456
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

10
1,585 749
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

11
1,064 542
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

12
996 502
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

13
745 396
Bud Herseth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bud Herseth Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

14
1,006 586
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Chet Baker West Coast jazz

15
837 492
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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746 431
Alan Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

17
647 361
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added James Morrison Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

18
805 481
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

19
724 465
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry James Swing music, Big band, Jazz

20
460 289
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
518 361
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

22
572 441
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

23
533 410
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jon Faddis Jazz, Bebop

24
432 329
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
453 357
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Sergei Nakariakov Classical

26
453 357
Bobby Shew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bobby Shew Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

27
341 262
Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Todd Gustafson added Bill Chase Jazz fusion, Big band, Jazz

28
407 349
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

29
402 357
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

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169 103
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

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335 285
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Randy Brecker Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

32
330 282
Thomas Gansch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Veronique Bourgeois added Thomas Gansch

33
154 89
Roy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Terrance Hazly added Roy Hargrove Hard bop, Latin jazz, Post-bop

34
336 294
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
330 291
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

36
316 276
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

37
357 335
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

38
255 218
Chuck Findley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Joris Minten added Chuck Findley

39
147 95
Snooky Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
RobnCaruso added Snooky Young Jazz

40
285 259
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

41
293 270
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
279 255
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

43
377 376
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

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408 430
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

45
147 113
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Malcolm McNab

46
202 182
Blue Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Flynn Tolbert added Blue Mitchell Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

47
194 173
Derek Watkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Harry Nijkamp added Derek Watkins Big band, Jazz, Film score

48
236 228
Tom Harrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
mihailo-fostikov added Tom Harrell

49
286 297
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

50
209 215
Eric Miyashiro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added Eric Miyashiro jazz, pop