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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
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Flea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Mark Isham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Malcolm Arnold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Chet Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Joe Wilder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Jim Rotondi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
Jim Rotondi
James Robert Rotondi (born 28 August 1962) is an American jazz trumpeter, educator, and conductor.The youngest of five siblings, Rotondi was born in Butte, Montana. He played in New York City ...more
Malcolm McNab is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Chris Botti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Tristan Fry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Humphrey Lyttelton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Jimmy Deuchar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Benny Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Michael Sachs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Trumpeters
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