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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1
2,947 1,393
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

2
2,546 1,192
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
2,108 965
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

4
2,950 1,411
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

5
2,857 1,362
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

6
1,567 701
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland

7
1,944 910
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

8
1,875 878
Doc Severinsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
2,389 1,158
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

10
1,498 750
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

11
1,385 687
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,490 847
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
West Coast jazz

13
1,082 589
Adolph Herseth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

14
1,085 668
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

15
1,162 727
Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

16
1,178 753
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
1,065 679
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

18
1,177 808
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Charles Bergeron added Classical; contemporary -

Played with Dorsey Brothers when in New England.

19
780 497
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical

20
689 443
Timofei Dokschitzer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
783 577
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

22
848 644
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

23
611 472
Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

24
517 421
Randy Brecker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Mark Tele added Fusion, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

25
759 690
Jon Faddis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Jazz, Bebop