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Top Ten Trumpet Players

Wynton ​Marsalis​
Wynton ​Marsalis​

A giant in the music world, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is a multi-Grammy Award winner who has been lauded for his work both in jazz and classical music. Synopsis Jazz and classical musician Wynton Learson Marsalis was born on October 18, 1961, in New Orleans Louisiana.

source: biography.com
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Louis Daniel ​Armstrong​
Louis Daniel ​Armstrong​

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz.

Miles Davis​
Miles Davis​

Grammy Award winner Miles Davis was a major force in the jazz world, as both a trumpet player and a bandleader. Who Was Miles Davis? Instrumental in the development of jazz, Miles Davis is considered one of the top musicians of his era.

source: biography.com
Dizzy ​Gillespie​
Dizzy ​Gillespie​

Dizzy Gillespie with his bent trumpet, performing in 1988 Gillespie's trademark trumpet featured a bell which bent upward at a 45-degree angle rather than pointing straight ahead as in the conventional design.

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Clifford Brown​
Clifford Brown​

In 1994, Brown's widow, LaRue Brown Watson, established the Clifford Brown Jazz Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to Brown's memory and inspiring a love for jazz among young people. The Foundation is under the direction of Clifford Brown III, Brown's grandson and a respected Bay Area trumpeter and music producer.

Chet Baker​
Chet Baker​

Chet Baker, a jazz trumpet player who was also a whisper-voiced, romantic singer, died Friday after falling from the second-floor window of a hotel in Amsterdam. He was 59 years old. Mr. Baker fell shortly after 3:10 A.M. and was found dead in the street by police, according to a spokesman for the Amsterdam police, who gave no information about what caused the fall.

source: nytimes.com
Arturo ​Sandoval​
Arturo ​Sandoval​

Arturo Sandoval (born November 6, 1949) is a Cuban American jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer. Sandoval, while still in Cuba, was influenced by jazz musicians Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie, finally meeting Gillespie later in 1977.

Harry James​
Harry James​

Harry James was chosen to play trumpet with the Metronome All-Stars for the years 1939, 1940 and 1941. In a similar annual poll conducted by Downbeat magazine, James was chosen by Downbeat's readers as the best trumpet instrumentalist for the years 1937, 1938 and 1939, and as favorite soloist for 1942.

Alison Balsom​
Alison Balsom​

Alison Louise Balsom OBE, born in Hertfordshire, England on 7 October 1978, is an English trumpet soloist, arranger, producer, music educator, curator and spokesperson for the importance of music education.

Freddie ​Hubbard​
Freddie ​Hubbard​

Frederick Dewayne 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 onwards. His unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop.

Lee Morgan​
Lee Morgan​

Edward Lee Morgan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 10, 1938, the youngest of Otto Ricardo and Nettie Beatrice Morgan's four children. Originally interested in the vibraphone, he soon showed a growing enthusiasm for the trumpet. Morgan also knew how to play the alto saxophone.

Jon Faddis​
Jon Faddis​

Jon Faddis (born July 24, 1953) is an American jazz trumpet player, conductor, composer, and educator, renowned for both his playing and for his expertise in the field of music education.

Maynard ​Ferguson​
Maynard ​Ferguson​

Walter Maynard Ferguson C.M. (May 4, 1928 – August 23, 2006) was a Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader. He came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton's orchestra before forming his own band in 1957.

Clark Terry​
Clark Terry​

Clark Virgil Terry Jr. (December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015) was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee.

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Fats Navarro​
Fats Navarro​

Born on September 24, 1923, in Key West, Florida, Fats Navarro first performed as a tenor saxophonist in Miami, and went on to play trumpet in big bands. He then worked and recorded with other well-known band leaders, and eventually Tadd Dameron.

source: biography.com
James ​Morrison​
James ​Morrison​

James Lloyd Morrison, was born on 11 November 1962 in Boorowa, a rural farming community where his father, George Morrison, was a Methodist minister. Morrison comes from a musical family: his mother plays alto sax, piano and organ, his sister is a trumpeter, and his older brother, John Morrison, is a jazz drummer.

Randy ​Brecker​
Randy ​Brecker​

By 1975, Randy and Michael formed the Brecker Brothers band. They released six albums on Arista and garnered seven Grammy nominations between 1975 and 1981. Their first record featured Randy's composition "Some Skunk Funk". After the Brecker Brothers disbanded in 1982, Randy recorded and toured as a member of Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth big band.

Rafael ​MéNdez​
Rafael ​MéNdez​

Rafael Mendez – By Best Trumpet Player The Trumpet Blog guy that’s not a writer Trumpet Above and Beyond Your Limits. Rafael Mendez (March 26, 1906 – September 15, 1981) was a popular Mexican Virtuoso solo trumpeter. Rafael Mendez was born in Mexico. His most famous recording was “Moto Perpetuo”.

Woody Shaw​
Woody Shaw​

Woody Herman Shaw, Jr. was an American trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and band leader. Born with a photographic memory and perfect pitch, he was an innovative musician who respected his predecessors and was himself respected by a wide variety of jazz musicians, many of whom played and recorded with him.

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Wayne ​Bergeron​
Wayne ​Bergeron​

Wayne Bergeron (born January 16, 1958) is an American jazz trumpeter who was a member of Maynard Ferguson's band in the 1980s. He is notable for his ability in the upper register of the instrument, as in his screaming trumpet work in the soundtrack for the animated movie The Incredibles.

Cat Anderson​
Cat Anderson​

William Alonzo "Cat" Anderson (September 12, 1916 – April 29, 1981) was an American jazz trumpeter known for his long period as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra and for his wide range (more than five octaves), especially his playing in the higher registers.

Chris Botti​
Chris Botti​

For several years, Botti also hosted a radio show called Chill with Chris Botti, that focused mainly on "chill" music, which is described as "smooth jazz with a touch of cool jazz." In 2007, saxophonist Mindi Abair took over hosting duties and the show, using the same format as before, is now called Chill with Mindi Abair.

Art Farmer​
Art Farmer​

Arthur Stewart Farmer (August 21, 1928 – October 4, 1999) was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He also played flumpet, a trumpet–flugelhorn combination specially designed for him.

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King Oliver​
King Oliver​

Joseph Nathan Oliver (December 19, 1885 – April 10, 1938) better known as King Oliver or Joe Oliver, was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized for his playing style and his pioneering use of mutes in jazz.

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Doc ​Severinsen​
Doc ​Severinsen​

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Allen Vizzutti​
Allen Vizzutti​

Allen's love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. Allen Vizzutti is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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Herb Alpert​
Herb Alpert​

American musician Herb Alpert won Grammy Awards as a successful bandleader and solo artist and co-founded the independent A&M Records label. Synopsis Born on March 31, 1935, in Los Angeles, California, Herb Alpert began his career in the music industry as a songwriter.

source: biography.com
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Bobby Shew​
Bobby Shew​

"Bobby Shew has been a huge influence on me as a player, teacher and human being. Apart from going over the mechanics of playing, I learnt so much about just the process of thinking about trumpet, music and life." Gianni Marinucci Australian jazz trumpeter/ recording artist "I was a student of Bobby in 1982, and I am still a student of his now.

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Bill Chase​
Bill Chase​

At the beginning of his career, Bill Chase played a Martin Committee model 2B trumpet with a custom-made Tottle mouthpiece, then on Woody Herman's band switched to a custom Jet-Tone model and a Getzen 900s trumpet, in late '65 he switched to a Schilke B6 model.

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Tom Harrell​
Tom Harrell​

Tom Harrell (born June 16, 1946) is an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and arranger. Harrell has won awards and grants, including multiple Trumpeter of the Year awards from Down Beat magazine, SESAC Jazz Award, BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Composers Award, and Prix Oscar du Jazz.

Roy Eldridge​
Roy Eldridge​

David Roy Eldridge, nicknamed "Little Jazz", was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the smooth and lyrical style of earlier jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop.

Bix ​Beiderbecke​
Bix ​Beiderbecke​

Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke (March 10, 1903 ... by virtue of their not being tied to the melody as much as cornetists and trumpet players, ...

Roy Hargrove​
Roy Hargrove​

Roy Anthony Hargrove (born October 16, 1969) is an American jazz trumpeter. He won worldwide notice after winning two Grammy Awards for differing types of music, in 1997 and in 2002.

Maurice ​André​
Maurice ​André​

Maurice André, a virtuoso credited with having transformed the trumpet from a workaday cog in the back of the orchestra into a seductive solo instrument in front, died on Feb. 25 in Bayonne, in southwest France.

source: nytimes.com
Donald Byrd​
Donald Byrd​

Byrd returned to somewhat straight-ahead jazz later in his career, releasing three albums for Orrin Keepnews' Landmark Records. Byrd was a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey. He died on February 4, 2013 in Dover, Delaware.

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Quincy Jones​
Quincy Jones​

Quincy Jones is a composer and record producer who worked for musicians like Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin. Learn more at Biography.com

source: biography.com
Kenny ​Dorham​
Kenny ​Dorham​

McKinley Howard "Kenny" Dorham (August 30, 1924 – December 5, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer. Dorham's talent is frequently lauded by critics and other musicians, but he never received the kind of attention or public recognition from the jazz establishment that many of his peers did.

Adolph ​Herseth​
Adolph ​Herseth​

Adolph Sylvester "Bud" Herseth (July 25, 1921 – April 13, 2013) was principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1948 until 2001, and served as principal trumpet emeritus from 2001 until his retirement in 2004. Life and career. Herseth was born in Lake Park, Minnesota.

Al Hirt​
Al Hirt​

Alois Maxwell "Al" Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was an American trumpeter and bandleader. He is best remembered for his million-selling recordings of "Java" and the accompanying album Honey in the Horn (1963), and for the theme song to The Green Hornet.

Tine Thing ​Helseth​
Tine Thing ​Helseth​

Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet player interview: 'I was a crazy Spice Girls fan' Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth tells Adam Sweeting how she plays everything from Bach to the Beach Boys, and looks at the strange rituals of classical music with an inquiring eye.

Philip Smith​
Philip Smith​

New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta; New York Philharmonic Ensembles; Philip Smith, trumpet, performing works of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Symbolon, Concert Grosso 1985, Double Quartet, Concerto for Trumpet and Five Players.

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Blue Mitchell​
Blue Mitchell​

Mitchell was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He began playing trumpet in high school, where he acquired his nickname, Blue. After high school he played in the rhythm and blues ensembles of Paul Williams, Earl Bostic, and Chuck Willis.

Thad Jones​
Thad Jones​

Thad Jones was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 28, 1923, to Henry and Olivvia Jones, a musical family of 10 (an older brother was pianist Hank Jones and a younger brother was drummer Elvin Jones).

Nicholas ​Payton​
Nicholas ​Payton​

Nicholas Payton. Nicholas Payton (born September 26, 1973) 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 multitude of subjects, including music, race, politics, and life in America.

Bunny ​Berigan​
Bunny ​Berigan​

Bunny Berigan enjoyed a relatively brief period of fame, lasting from 1931 through 1939 -- for the first half of those eight years a rapidly rising name within the music business, and for the second as a star before the public, featured in the bands he played in and leading his own outfit.

source: allmusic.com
Booker Little​
Booker Little​

Booker Little, twenty-three year-old composer, arranger and trumpet player (the order is arbitrary, each role has equal importance to him), has lately come to demonstrate, in recordings and as the musical director of the Max Roach group, a talent that promises size.

Håkan ​Hardenberger​
Håkan ​Hardenberger​

Mix - Hakan Hardenberger - trumpet YouTube; Hakan Hardenberger - Variations on a theme from "Norma" - Duration: 6:23. Petar Stoykov 258,242 views. 6:23.

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Sergei ​Nakariakov​
Sergei ​Nakariakov​

Sergei Mikhailovich Nakariakov (Russian: Серге́й Михайлович Накаряков; born May 10, 1977 in Gorky) is a Russian virtuoso trumpeter residing in Paris, France, who came to prominence in the late 1990s.

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Terence ​Blanchard​
Terence ​Blanchard​

In December 2007, the Terence Blanchard Quintet performed the movie music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard with an orchestra and singers Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, and Raul Midón at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Timofei ​Dokschitzer​
Timofei ​Dokschitzer​

Timofei Dokshizer was born in 1921 in the town of Nezhin ... when the trumpet player being only 19 years of age won the All ... Timofei Dokschitzer ...

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Harry Edison​
Harry Edison​

Learn about Harry Edison: his birthday, what he did before fame, his family life, fun trivia facts, popularity rankings, and more.

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