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This will seem like a ridiculous question perhaps, but who are the best jazz trombonists working today? Especially interested in those who have recorded as a leader. Thanks!

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I'm hesitant to recomend any as "best," but here are some trombonists that I enjoy:

  • Ray Anderson
  • Steve Davis
  • Robin Eubanks
  • Marshall Gilkes
  • Wycliffe Gordon
  • Conrad Herwig
  • Frank Lacy
  • Josh Roseman
  • Steve Turre

 

Edited by HutchFan

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Add Jacob Garchik to the list.

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George Lewis.

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  • Wolter Wierbos 

Ed Neumeister -- helluva composer too

Christophe Schweizer -- also a helluva composer

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I'm big on Herwig.

 

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is Julian Priester still active?

Been listening to a lot of Phil Ranelin lately

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From a fellow ellingtonian's post in FB, I just discovered that Julian Priester took part in the Seattle Jazz Fellowship listening party a few days ago. He discussed his career and played some of his records. Not sure if he also played trombone; well, the instrument was standing besides him in the photo I saw... 

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8 hours ago, Larry Kart said:
  • Wolter Wierbos 

Yes!

And Conny Bauer

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4 hours ago, sidewinder said:

Mark Nightingale

 

 

:tup

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I'm more concerned about the inactive trombonists, guys who really need to hit the gym, who spend too much time on the couch eating junk food.  I hate to see a potentially lucrative jazz career get cut short because of poor dietary choices and ineffective exercise regimens.  Are there any inactive trombonists in need of an intervention?  

Edited by Teasing the Korean

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What an insightful query!

 

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Glad Larry mentioned Wierbos. Long time favorite with ICP and as a member of Available Jelly and Gerry Hemingway’s great European 90’s Quintet. 
 

I’m a big listener to many listed above but Jeb Bishop stands out. Small groups and as a member of the great Brotzmann Tentet.
 

Ray Anderson is less visible the past 5-10 years but some of the live shows I’ve seen with him over the past 20 years were incredible. For current NYC based players Ben Gerstein is at the top of my list. Very unique player. 
 

I miss the shows badly to see guys like Swell, Gerstein & Ray. 

Edited by Steve Reynolds

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Has nobody mentioned the great John Fedchock?

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It depends on one's taste but here's three I like - John Allred, Andy Martin, Bob McChesney, (Barrett, Nightingale and Fedchock, all :tup already mentioned) 

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Saw Craig Harris a few times over the summer in outdoor concerts on Long Island -- he is still very much active!

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