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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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Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop
3
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
4
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland
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Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz
6
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz
7
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz
8
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz
10
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk
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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz
12
Doc Severinsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
13
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
West Coast jazz
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Adolph Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz
15
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
16
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical
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Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
18
Timofei Dokschitzer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop
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Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland
21
Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
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Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Charles Bergeron added
Classical; contemporary

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Jazz
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Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland
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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