Top 10 Best Jazz Trumpet Players


The Top Ten

1 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

Why on EARTH isn't this great man first? Truly beautiful to listen to and watch; he puts his heart and soul into Jazz music. He clearly loves every second and it shows. - Britgirl

Come on. Pops will always be Number 1. Remember what Dizzy said: "No Louis, no me."

HE'S LOUIS! DUH! Come on people, he basically founded jazz trumpet.

Trumpets rock

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2 Clifford Brown

Thanks for putting Clifford at the top, Mike. Yes, he is the man -- so pure, sweet, gorgeous. Every note perfect in tone and melody. And to think that he died at 25, only recorded for 4 years, there's only one video clip of him playing (on the Soupy Sales show! ) -- and he had only been playing the horn for 10 years! Terrible tragedy to have lost him so young. That he and Sonny Rollins recorded together is the closest thing for me of proof that there is a god. - JimmyL

Any way you consider BROWNIE is the MAN

Must come after Dizzy no two ways about it.

Clifford is my favorite trumpeter. His quintet with Max Roach is godly. I just wish e could have played longer. He was one of the cleanest jazz musicians and yet still died at a young age. RIP Clifford Brown.

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3 Miles Davis Miles Davis

Most innovative, transcended many styles & genre, most lasting impact. He's #1

Early Miles - pure technique.

Miles = Pure Genius!

How can anyone be ahead of Davis? Even Sachmo is a close second never had the impact Davis had

4 Dizzy Gallespi

No one played the trumpet like him. Her explores every nuance and range of the instrument.

Never stopped experimenting. The best don't, but he incorporated everything he found.

Not a technician but an artist that should never be forgotten.

5 Wynton Marsalis

He really is the best. He could win any trumpet battle against anyone, and it's hard to deny that. His sound is so much more mature than anyone else's. He's the Michael Jordan of the Trumpet. - mikespike

Wynton is the most overrated player out their. NO soul in his playing at all. number 2 are you kidding me? REALLY

This guy played the trumpet like while having great dance skills

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6 Lee Morgan

Most lyrical jazz trumpeter ever. Who knows what he could have accomplished with more years.

So much meaning into his playing... usually kicks everyone's ass (at least 80/85% of the time)

The Crown Prince - Never got to be king because his life and talent was short.

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7 Chet Baker

Really very expressive and controlled his horn well. Especially with soft sounds.

Davis could not hold a candle to Baker

Such a great singing voice as well

Åhhh...ahhh...he�'s like cold water a hot summers day

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8 Bunny Berigan

Hands down, best white trumpet player. then bix. then crazy jack purvis.

9 Freddy Hubbard
10 Nicholas Payton

The Contenders

11 Maynard Ferguson

He changed the way people play trumpet forever! He should be number 1 or at least in the top ten!

No other trumpet player could play such high notes with such control. He was incredible.

Wow we listened to some of his stuff in my schools jazz band and he's a god! - Phillip873

Awesome trumpet! I loved listening to his music

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12 Roy Eldridge

Little Jazz is my guy - this cat can wail! big horn- way higher than no. 12!

13 Tom Harrel
14 Bix Beiderbecke

Even Louis praised Bix.

I will take Satchmo's word on Bix!

15 Henry "Red" Allen
16 Harry James

Harry and Buck Clayton were the greatest trumpeters to come out of the Swing Era! Harrys colossal stamina, control and peerless technique ensued his place in jazz lore.check out his solo from Goodmans 1938 Carnegie Hall concert in Sing Sing Sing.also his solo in "gee baby ain't I good to you " from his Harry at the Riverboat album, after a 90 minute vodka martini session with Doc Severinson.

17 Arturo Sandoval

He would have to be in top ten

18 Harry "Sweets" Edison
19 Donald Byrd


20 Claudio Roditi
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Top Remixes

1. Louis Armstrong
2. Bunny Berigan
3. Dizzy Gallespi
1. Wynton Marsalis
2. Miles Davis
3. Clifford Brown



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