Trombone 20 living greats

1 Curtis Fuller Hugely influential for decades. On John Coltrane classic Blue Train, simply consider he contributed significantly to a life changing album. Snap up, too, the Detroiter’s solo records...

Published: 17 Nov 2019. Updated: 2 months.


1 Curtis Fuller

Hugely influential for decades. On John Coltrane classic Blue Train, simply consider he contributed significantly to a life changing album. Snap up, too, the Detroiter’s solo records particular from the late-1950s.

2 Slide Hampton

Hero to horn players such as saxophonist David Sánchez.

3 Fred Wesley

Written into music history via the Godfather of Soul as a pillar of the JBs – still cutting the mustard.

4 Robin Eubanks

Pivotal within the Dave Holland sound in the 1990s and beyond. As a leader ideas always swirl and connect.

5 Annie Whitehead

Check out Annie’s superb work with Robert Wyatt first off. Excels too drawing on Township.

6 Ku-umba Frank Lacy

Erstwhile Mingusian. Ku-umba does cool frontman stuff as a vocalist as well.

7 Steve Turré

Magic maker whether on trombone or, even, conch shells.

8 Wycliffe Gordon

Crucial listen when he was with Wynton. Already walking tall as a Gulliver in even the most Swiftly dashed off jazz history books.

9 Conrad Herwig

His latin-jazz treatment of the Herbie songbook blew me away when it came out. Formidable interpreting Wayne Shorter into the bargain.

10 Jonas Gwangwa

South African jazz icon.

11 Chris Barber

Trad for dads and all the family. ‘Ice cream’ often provided.

12 Trombone Shorty

New Orleans trombone reinvented for the Treme generation.

13 Grachan Moncur III

Very collectable from his Blue Note days. Later an avant garde lion.

14 Winston Rollins

Jools Holland’s preferred trombone player for many years who has also led his own big band at the Proms in an informal battle of the bands contest.

15 Julian Priester

Avant by reputation often but can do it all.

16 Dennis Rollins

Brother of Winston. Pride of Doncaster. Kudos for his work with Maceo.

17 Steve Davis

Superb mainstream player.

18 Ryan Keberle

Today's finest jazz trombonist innovator.

19 Ray Anderson

Joyous jazz club favourite.

20 Nils Wogram

Possessor of a dazzling technique that harnesses a mastery of range and form.

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