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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2,263 1,062
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

2
3,391 1,663
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Arturo Sandoval Contemporary; jazz; blues

3
2,574 1,268
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
2,127 1,040
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maynard Ferguson Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

5
2,580 1,294
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

6
1,657 787
Doc Serverinsen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Doc Serverinsen Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
2,509 1,265
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wynton Marsalis Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

8
1,756 844
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clifford Brown Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

9
1,859 904
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Maurice André Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,366 637
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rafael Méndez Blues; jazz; Dixieland

11
1,254 631
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,336 689
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Freddie Hubbard Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
968 528
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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1,306 777
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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956 604
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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1,043 695
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Lee Morgan Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
1,002 672
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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1,060 736
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Wayne Bergeron Classical; contemporary

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886 616
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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608 403
Timofei Alexandrowitsch Doksch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

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634 454
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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689 519
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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753 584
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Al Hirt Jazz, Dixieland

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541 433
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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665 638
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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471 423
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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436 385
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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576 561
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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437 406
Bix Biederbach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Bix Biederbach Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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539 526
Alison Balsom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alison Balsom Classical music, Jazz

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536 523
Håkan Hardenberger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time

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422 391
Art Farmer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Art Farmer Jazz

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479 468
Tine Thing Helseth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Tine Thing Helseth Classical music

34
405 384
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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329 301
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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362 343
Fats Navarro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Fats Navarro Jazz, Bebop

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226 178
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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358 340
Thad Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Thad Jones Jazz

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214 165
Ryan Anthony is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Richard Radosh added Ryan Anthony

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257 223
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Werner Feiel added Cat Anderson Jazz

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440 461
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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231 212
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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364 394
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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489 567
Chuck Mangione is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Chuck Mangione Smooth jazz, Jazz

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257 257
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

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145 108
Lew Soloff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
joel-green added Lew Soloff

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530 628
Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Herb Alpert Pop music, Latin American music, Rhythm and blues

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299 328
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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251 270
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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202 205
Ronald Romm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
William Baumeister added Ronald Romm