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
368 55
Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
yyyuuuuuucccaa added Arturo Sandoval

2
2,658 1,261
Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop

3
3,080 1,519
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

4
2,041 962
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

5
2,501 1,212
Maynard Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

6
3,078 1,525
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

7
2,215 1,058
Maurice André is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

8
1,656 755
Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Blues; jazz; Dixieland

9
2,994 1,481
Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical music, Post-bop, Jazz

10
1,959 941
Doc Severinsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

11
1,466 711
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
1,579 787
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

13
1,568 879
Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
West Coast jazz

14
1,142 614
Adolph Herseth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

15
1,131 701
Harry James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
1,229 810
Allen Vizzutti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Alan Vizzutti Blues; jazz; Dixieland

17
1,152 754
James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Rok Godec added Jazz fusion, Jazz, Bebop

18
844 528
Sergei Nakariakov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Classical

19
1,228 827
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

20
726 466
Timofei Dokschitzer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
sandovalarturo1 added Timofei Alexandrowitsch Dokschizer

21
1,217 884
Wayne Bergeron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Charles Bergeron added Classical; contemporary

Played with Dorsey Brothers when in New England.

22
836 643
Phil Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Phil Smith Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz

23
891 707
Al Hirt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
Jazz, Dixieland

24
642 494
Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
slaft added Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

25
548 445
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