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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. (517 items)

Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company ...more

Flea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Michael Peter Balzary, better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the ...more

Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and an influential figure in jazz music. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet ...more

Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Wynton Marsalis is a nominee of 2013 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.

Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, together ...more

Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as ...more

Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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

Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz ...more

Mark Isham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Mark Ware Isham is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and film composer. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, electronic, and film. He is responsible for contributing the scores of ...more

Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Herb Alpert is a theatrical producer.

Malcolm Arnold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE was an English composer. He gained a reputation for composing light music, film scores, works for theatre, ballets and symphonies.

Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, having also invented the ...more

Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, Jr. was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and vocalist. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums ...more

Joe Wilder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Joseph Benjamin Wilder was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Wilder was awarded the Temple University Jazz Master's Hall of Fame Award in 2006. The National Endowment for the ...more

Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
James "Jimmy" Dorsey was a prominent American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. He was known as "JD". He recorded and composed the jazz ...more

James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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

Jim Rotondi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Jim Rotondi James Robert Rotondi is an American jazz trumpeter, educator and conductor. Born in Butte, Montana, and the youngest of five siblings, Rotondi lives in Graz, Austria, and performs there and ...more

Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Malcolm Boyd McNab is a trumpeter and player of other brass instruments, and a Los Angeles-based session musician who has performed on nearly 2000 film and television soundtracks.

Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Christopher Stephen "Chris" Botti, is an Italian-American trumpeter and composer. In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. He was also nominated ...more

Tristan Fry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Tristan Frederick Allan Fry is a British drummer and percussionist. Fry began his career by joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a timpanist at the age of 17. He was a founder member of ...more

Humphrey Lyttelton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton, also known as Humph, was an English jazz musician and broadcaster, and chairman of the BBC radio comedy programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. As a performer, ...more

Jimmy Deuchar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
James "Jimmy" Deuchar was a jazz trumpeter and big band arranger, born in Dundee, Scotland. He found fame as a performer and arranger in the 1950s and 1960s. Deuchar was taught trumpet ...more

Benny Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the ...more

Michael Sachs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Michael Sachs was a German rabbi from Groß-Glogau, Silesia.

Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden was an African-American cornetist and is regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music, which ...more

Bill Chase is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Bill Chase was an American trumpet player and leader of the jazz-rock fusion band Chase.

Neal Hefti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Neal Hefti was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, songwriter, and arranger. He composed the theme music for the Batman television series of the 1960s, and scored the 1968 film The Odd Couple ...more

Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Edward Lee Morgan was an American hard bop trumpeter.

Marvin Stamm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Marvin Stamm Marvin Stamm is an American bebop trumpeter. Stamm began on trumpet at age 12. He first attended college at, then known as, Memphis State University and then attended college at North Texas ...more

Nicholas Payton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Nicholas Payton is an American trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist. A Grammy Award winner, he is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a prolific and provocative writer who comments on a ...more

Sean Moore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Sean Anthony Moore is a Welsh musician, who is the drummer and percussionist and occasional trumpet player of the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers.

Jens Lindemann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Jens Lindemann Jens Lindemann, C.M., is a Canadian trumpet soloist now based in Los Angeles. He is the first classical brass soloist to be awarded the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour. He ...more

Rafael Méndez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Rafael Méndez was a popular Mexican virtuoso solo trumpeter. He is known as the "Heifetz of the Trumpet." Méndez was born in Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico. As a ...more

Rodney Mack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Rodney Begnaud is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Rodney Mack. He is best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment from 2002 to 2004. In 1988, he ...more

Shiro Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Shiro Sasaki Shirô Sasaki is a film producer.

Bix Beiderbecke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke was an American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composer. With Louis Armstrong and Muggsy Spanier, Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of ...more

Pete Candoli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Pete Candoli was an American swing and West Coast jazz trumpeter. He played with the big bands of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and many others, and worked extensively in the studios of the ...more

Terence Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Terence Oliver Blanchard is an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer. Since Blanchard emerged on the scene in 1980 with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra ...more

Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Frederick Dewayne "Freddie" Hubbard was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post-bop styles from the early 1960s and on. His ...more

Captain Bob Farnon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Robert Joseph Farnon was a Canadian-born composer, conductor, musical arranger and trumpet player. As well as being a famous composer of original works, he was recognised as one of the finest ...more

Bert Joris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Bert Joris Bert Joris is an internationally renowned jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger from Belgium. In 1996 he received the Golden Django.

Irvin Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Irvin Mayfield, Jr. is an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader. He has been serving as Cultural Ambassador of the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana since 2003. He co-founded and has ...more

Hugh Masekela is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Hugh Ramopolo Masekela is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela.

Dave Douglas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Dave Douglas is an American jazz trumpeter and composer whose music derives from jazz, classical music, folk music, electronica and klezmer. Since 1993, Douglas has recorded more than forty ...more

Raymond Lee Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Raymond Lee Brown Raymond Lee Brown is an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist who, from 1975 to the mid-2000s, was active as a session musician in Southern California — primarily in Los Angeles, Hollywood, ...more

Teddy Riley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Theodore "Teddy" Riley was a jazz trumpet player and bandleader. On occasion he also sang and played flugelhorn. Riley was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he would spend most of ...more

Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Louis Prima was an American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the late 1920s, then ...more

Don Ellis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Don Ellis was an American jazz trumpeter, drummer, composer and bandleader. He is best known for his extensive musical experimentation, particularly in the area of unusual time signatures. Later ...more

Fussy Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Fussy Kobayashi Fusshi Kobayashi was a member of Kome Kome Club

John D'earth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
John D'earth is an American post bop/hard bop jazz trumpeter born in Holliston, Massachusetts who has appeared on recordings by Dave Matthews and Bruce Hornsby as well as recording a number of ...more