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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. (257 items)

Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Glenn Miller Alton Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best ...more

Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Tommy Dorsey Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey, Jr. was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of ...more

Eddie Edwards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Eddie Edwards Edwin Branford "Eddie" Edwards was an early jazz trombonist, best known for his pioneering recordings with the Original Dixieland Jass Band.

Steve Swell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Steve Swell Steve Swell is an American free jazz trombonist, composer and educator.

James E. Pugh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
James E. Pugh James Edward Pugh is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is noted as the lead trombonist with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd and Chick Corea's Return to Forever Band. For 25 years, he ...more

J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
J. J. Johnson James Louis "J. J." Johnson was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. He was sometimes credited as Jay Jay Johnson. Johnson was one of the first trombonists to embrace ...more

James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
James Morrison James Lloyd Morrison AM is a multi-instrumental Australian jazz musician. Widely known for his trumpet playing – he has also performed on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, ...more

Nelson Riddle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Nelson Riddle Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such ...more

Craig S. Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Craig S. Harris Craig S. Harris is a jazz trombonist and composer who has been a major figure in the jazz avant-garde movement since his stint with Sun Ra in 1976. Subsequently, Harris has worked with such ...more

Hannes Bauer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Hannes Bauer Johannes Bauer is a musician.

Bill Hughes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Bill Hughes 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

Chris Barber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Chris Barber Donald Christopher 'Chris' Barber is a British 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 many ...more

Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Jack Teagarden Weldon Leo "Jack" Teagarden, known as "Big T" and "The Swingin' Gate", was an American jazz trombonist, bandleader, composer, and vocalist, regarded as the

Ward Kimball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Ward Kimball Ward Walrath Kimball born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was an animator for the Walt Disney Studios. He was one of Walt Disney's team of animators, known as Disney's Nine Old Men. Also, he was a ...more

Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Bob Brookmeyer Robert Edward Brookmeyer was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained widespread public attention as a member of ...more

Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Bruce Fowler Bruce Lambourne Fowler is a prominent American trombone player and composer. He played trombone on many Frank Zappa records, as well as with Captain Beefheart and in the Fowler Brothers Band. ...more

George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
George Roberts George Roberts was an American trombonist. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Roberts began his career after service in the US Navy with the Ray Robbins Band, and then quit to join Gene Krupa ...more

Conrad Herwig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Conrad Herwig Conrad Herwig is an American jazz trombonist from New York City

Sam Burtis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Sam Burtis Sam Burtis is a musician and plays the trombone.

Delfeayo Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Delfeayo Marsalis Delfeayo Marsalis is an American jazz trombonist and record producer.

Derek Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Derek Wadsworth Derek Wadsworth was a British jazz trombonist, session musician, composer and arranger.

Slide Hampton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Slide Hampton Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton is an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. A master composer, arranger and uniquely gifted trombone player, Hampton's career is among ...more

George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
George Lewis George E. Lewis is a composer, electronic performer, installation artist, trombone player, and scholar in the fields of improvisation and experimental music. He has been a member of the ...more

Don Sebesky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Don Sebesky Don Sebesky is an American jazz trombonist, keyboardist and arranger.

Kai Winding is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Kai Winding Kay Winding was a musician.

Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Michael Davis Michael Davis was an American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer, best known as a member of the MC5.

Buddy Morrow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Buddy Morrow Buddy Morrow was an American trombonist and bandleader. He is known for his mastery of the upper range which is evident on records such as "The Golden Trombone," as well as his ballad

Luis Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Luis Bonilla Luis Bonilla is an American Afro-Cuban and jazz trombonist born in Los Angeles, California of Costa Rican descent. He is a Grammy Award- winning performer, composer, and Music Professor, about ...more

Albert Mangelsdorff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Albert Mangelsdorff Albert Mangelsdorff was one of the most accredited and innovative trombonists of modern jazz who became famous for his distinctive technique of playing multiphonics.

David Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
David Baker David Nathaniel Baker Jr. is an American symphonic jazz composer at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Baker attended Crispus ...more

Carl Fontana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Carl Fontana Carl Charles Fontana was an American jazz trombonist. Because Fontana rarely recorded under his own name and toured only occasionally after 1958, he is significantly less famous among mainstream ...more

Dee Barton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Dee Barton Dee Barton was an American jazz trombonist, big band drummer, and prolific composer for big band and motion pictures.

Bill Reichenbach, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Bill Reichenbach, Jr. William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. is an American jazz trombonist and composer. He is the son of Bill Reichenbach who was the drummer for Charlie Byrd from 1962 to 1973. He is best ...more

Al Grey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Al Grey Al Grey was a jazz trombonist who is most remembered for his association with the Count Basie orchestra. Grey is known for his plunger mute technique, and also wrote an instructional book called ...more

Steve Turre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Steve Turre Steve Turre is an American jazz trombonist, a pioneering musical seashell virtuoso, a composer, arranger, and educator at the collegiate-conservatory level who, for fifty-one years, has been ...more

James Pankow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
James Pankow James Carter "Jimmy" Pankow is an American trombone player, songwriter and brass instrument arranger best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago.

Jerry Colonna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Jerry Colonna Gerardo Luigi "Jerry" Colonna was an Italian-American comedian, singer, songwriter, and trombonist best remembered as the zaniest of Bob Hope's sidekicks in Hope's popular radio shows ...more

Pete Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Pete Carpenter Clarence E. "Pete" Carpenter, was an American jazz trombonist, musical arranger, and a veteran of television theme song scoring. After a long career playing the trombone in bands and ...more

Barry Rogers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Barry Rogers Barry Rogers was a salsa musician and jazz fusion trombonist.

Don Drummond is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Don Drummond Don Drummond was a Jamaican ska trombonist and composer. He was one of the original members of The Skatalites, and composed many of their tunes. Drummond was born at the Jubilee Hospital in ...more

Willie Colón is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Willie Colón William Anthony Colón is a Nuyorican salsa musician and social activist. He began his career as a trombonist, and also sings, writes, produces and acts. He is also involved in the ...more

Dennis Rollins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Dennis Rollins Dennis Rollins is a British jazz trombonist, the founder and bandleader of BadBone and Co. Rollins was born in Birmingham, of Jamaican parents, and raised in Bentley, Doncaster and attended Don ...more

Harry Watters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Harry Watters Harry Watters is a noted jazz trombonist. He has performed across the United States with many jazz artists including Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Shirley Jones, and many others. He has performed as a ...more

Tom Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Tom Brown Tom Brown, sometimes known by the nickname Red Brown, was an early New Orleans dixieland jazz trombonist. He also played string bass professionally. Tom P. Brown was born in Uptown New Orleans, ...more

Rico Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Rico Rodriguez Rico Rodriguez MBE, also known as simply Rico, as well as Reco or El Reco, is a ska and reggae trombonist. He has recorded with many producers, including Karl Pitterson, Prince Buster, and Lloyd ...more

Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Ron Westray Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois ...more

Roswell Rudd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Roswell Rudd Roswell Rudd is a Grammy Award-nominated American jazz trombonist and composer. Although skilled in a variety of genres of jazz and other genres of music, he is known primarily for his work in ...more

Sammy Nestico is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Sammy Nestico Sammy Nestico is a composer and arranger of big band music. Nestico is best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra.

Juan Tizol is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
Juan Tizol Juan Tizol was a Puerto Rican trombonist and composer. He is best known as a member of Duke Ellington's band, and as the co-writer of the jazz standards "Caravan", "Pyramid"

William McCauley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Trombonists
William McCauley William McCauley is a film score composer.