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List of Famous Trumpeters

List of famous trumpeters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top trumpeters in the world? This includes the most prominent trumpeters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable trumpeters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic trumpeters 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 trumpeters.

This list has a variety of people, like Rise Against and Beirut, in it.

From reputable, prominent, and well known trumpeters to the lesser known trumpeters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the trumpeter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous trumpeters ever?" and "What are the names of famous trumpeters?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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  • Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential ...more
  • Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is an American virtuoso trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, often ...more
  • Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and ...more
  • Ennio Morricone (November 10, 1928 – July 6, 2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 400 scores ...more
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  • Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9 or 19, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. In the 1960s, he was one of the founders of free jazz, a ...more
  • Chesney Henry Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums ...more
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  • Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton (23 May 1921 – 25 April 2008), also known as Humph, was an English jazz musician and broadcaster from the aristocratic Lyttelton family. Having taught himself the ...more
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