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List of Famous Trombonists

Updated June 8, 2017 49k views257 items

List of famous trombonists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top trombonists in the world? This includes the most prominent trombonists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable trombonists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic trombonists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned trombonists.

Items here include everything from Glenn Miller to Tommy Dorsey.

From reputable, prominent, and well known trombonists to the lesser known trombonists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the trombonist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous trombonists ever?" and "What are the names of famous trombonists?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
  • Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – disappeared December 15, 1944) was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist...  more

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  • Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman...  more

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  • Edwin Branford "Eddie" Edwards (May 22, 1891 – April 9, 1963) was an early jazz trombonist who was a member of the Original Dixieland Jass Band....  more
  • Steve Swell is an American free jazz trombonist, composer and educator....  more
  • James Edward Pugh (born November 12, 1950) is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is noted as the lead trombonist with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd (1972–1976) and Chick Corea's Return to...  more
  • James Louis Johnson (January 22, 1924 – February 4, 2001) was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. Johnson was one of the earliest trombonists to embrace bebop....  more
  • James Lloyd Morrison AM (born 11 November 1962) is an Australian jazz musician. Although his main instrument is trumpet, he has also performed on trombone, tuba, euphonium, flugelhorn, saxophone,...  more
  • Nelson Smock Riddle Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for...  more
  • Craig S. Harris (born September 10, 1953) is a jazz trombonist who has been a major figure in avant-garde jazz since working with Sun Ra in 1976. He also has worked with Abdullah Ibrahim, David...  more
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    Johannes "Hannes" Bauer (22 July 1954 – 6 May 2016) was a German trombonist of improvised music and free jazz. He was the brother of the trombonist Conny Bauer. He was born in Halle. From 1979...  more
  • William Henry "Bill" Hughes is an American jazz trombonist and bandleader. He has spent most of his career with the Count Basie Orchestra and was the director of that ensemble until September 2010....  more
  • Donald Christopher Barber OBE (born 17 April 1930) is an English jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist. As well as scoring a UK top twenty trad jazz hit, he helped the careers of...  more
  • Weldon Leo "Jack" Teagarden (August 20, 1905 – January 15, 1964) was a jazz trombonist and singer. According to critic Scott Yannow of Allmusic, Teagarden was the preeminent American jazz trombone...  more

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  • Ward Walrath Kimball (March 4, 1914 – July 8, 2002), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios. He was one of Walt Disney's team of animators, known as...  more
  • Robert Edward "Bob" Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011) was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained...  more
  • Bruce Lambourne Fowler (born July 10, 1947) is an American trombonist and composer. He played trombone on many Frank Zappa records, as well as with Captain Beefheart and in the Fowler Brothers Band....  more
  • George Mortimer Roberts (known as "Mr. Bass Trombone") (March 22, 1928 - September 28, 2014) was an American trombonist.Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Roberts began his career after service in...  more
  • Lee Conrad Herwig III an American jazz trombonist from New York City....  more
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  • Delfeayo Marsalis (; born July 28, 1965) is an American jazz trombonist and record producer....  more
  • Derek Wadsworth (5 February 1939 – 3 December 2008) was an English jazz musician, composer and arranger....  more
  • Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton (born April 21, 1932) is an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. Described by critics as a master composer, arranger and uniquely gifted trombone...  more
  • George Emanuel Lewis (born July 14, 1952) is an American composer, electronic performer, installation artist, trombone player, and scholar in the fields of improvisation and experimental music. He...  more
  • Don Sebesky (born December 10, 1937) is an American jazz trombonist, keyboardist and arranger....  more
  • Kai Chresten Winding (; May 18, 1922 – May 6, 1983) was a Danish-born American trombonist and jazz composer. He is known for his collaborations with trombonist J. J. Johnson....  more