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GREATEST LEAD TRUMPET PLAYERS




The following list, essentially in chronological order, comprises many of the tremendous lead trumpet stylists and lists the bands and studios in which they honed their craft. They all have unique approaches to interpreting the music, and should be studied for their individual stylistic nuances (in the exact same fashion as one would study the styles of a great soloist like Dizzy Gillespie or Clifford Brown).

Doc Cheatham--Chick Webb, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway and NY Studio
Wallace Jones--Duke Ellington
Ed Lewis--Count Basie
Shorty Baker--Duke Ellington
Mario Bauza--Cab Calloway and Machito
Chris Griffin--Benny Goodman and NY Studio
Ray Wetzel--Stan Kenton
Zeke Zarchy--Glenn Miller
Al Porcino--Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Frank Sinatra and Stan Kenton
Doc Severinson--NY and LA Studios
Don Jacoby--NY and Chicago Studios
Everett MacDonald--Harry James
Pete Candoli--Woody Herman and LA Studio
Uan Rasey--LA Studio
Shorty Sherock--LA Studio
Mannie Klein--LA Studio
Jimmy Maxwell--Benny Goodman and NY Studio
Marky Markowitz--NY Studio
Bobby Pratt--Ted Heath
Charlie Margolis--LA Studio
Buddy Childers--Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra and LA Studio
Bernie Glow--Herman, Gil Evans and NY Studio
Ernie Royal--Count Basie, Woody Herman, Gil Evans and NY Studio
Reunald Jones--Count Basie
Jimmy Nottingham--NY Studios
Lamar Wright--Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie
Benny Bailey--Lionel Hampton, Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland and Quincy Jones
Kenny Baker--Ted Heath
Clyde Reasinger--Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Sam Donahue
Johnny Audino--Woody Herman, Gerald Wilson, NBC Tonight Show and LA Studio
Bill Chase--Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and Las Vegas
Bud Brisbois--Stan Kenton and LA Studio
John Howell--Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and LA Studio
Dalton Smith--Stan Kenton and LA Studio
Willie Cook--Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie
Ollie Mitchell--Buddy Rich and LA Studio
Milo Pavlovic--Bert Kaempfert
Lennie Johnson--Quincy Jones and Count Basie
Wallace Davenport--Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton and New Orleans
Chet Ferretti--Maynard Ferguson
Rick Keifer--Maynard Ferguson and WDR Radio Orchestra
Bobby Shew--Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Bellson and LA Studio
Chuck Findley--Buddy Rich, Las Vegas and LA Studio
Marvin Stamm--Stan Kenton, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and NY Studio
Burt Collins--Woody Herman and NY Studio
Joe Shepley--NY Studio
John Frosk--NY Studio
Bob McCoy--NY Studio
Mel Davis--NY Studio
Paul Cohen--Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw
Victor Paz--Chico O'Farrill, Tito Puente, Fania All Stars and NY Studio
Fip Ricard--Count Basie, Sammy Davis, Las Vegas and LA Studio
Paul Cohen--Count Basie, Clark Terry, Machito
Don Thomas--Dallas Studios
Charlie Turner--Sinatra and Las Vegas
Dave Stahl--Woody Herman, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra and NY Studio
Jon Faddis--Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Charles Mingus and NY Studio
Derek Watkins--Maynard Ferguson and London Studio
Bobby Bryant--Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson and LA Studio
Malcolm McNab--LA Studio
Jack Laubach--LA Studios
Don Smith--Les Brown and LA Studio
Jack Feierman--LA Studios
Walt Johnson--Louis Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Las Vegas and LA Studio
Charlie Davis--Buddy Rich and LA Studio
Warren Luening--LA Studios
Lynn Nicholson--Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Las Vegas
Lew Soloff--Blood Sweat and Tears, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and NY Studio
Carl Saunders--Bill Holman, Las Vegas and LA Studio
Mike Vax--Stan Kenton and Clark Terry
Jeff Davis--Woody Herman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito and Clark Terry
Earl Gardner--Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Mingus, SNL and NY Studio
Chuck Schmidt--Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Dallas Studios
John Thomas--Count Basie, Woody Herman and LA Studio
Vaughan Nark--Airmen of Note
George Graham--LA Studio
Jerry Hey--Seawind, Quincy Jones and LA Studio
Gary Grant--LA Studio
Joe Davis--LA Studio
Graham Young--LA Studios
Laurie Frink--Benny Goodman, Bob Mintzer and NY Studio
Arnie Chycoski--Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass
Brian O'Flaherty--Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Mel Lewis and NY Studio
Roger Ingram--Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Harry Connick and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Wayne Bergeron--Maynard Ferguson and LA Studio
Byron Stripling--Count Basie, Woody Herman and NY Studio
Mike Williams--Count Basie
Greg Gisbert--Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Paul Anka and NY Studio
Eric Miyashiro--Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Tokyo Studio
Walter White--Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Mingus and NY Studio
Craig Johnson--Maynard Ferguson and NY Studio
Paul Stephens--Maynard Ferguson and the Jazz Ambassadors
Tony Kadleck--Maria Schneider and NY Studio
Mike Ponella--Toshiko Akiyoshi and NY Studio
Bob Millikan--NY Studio
Chris Jaudes--NY Studio
Frank Greene--Maynard Ferguson, David Letterman Show and NY Studio
Lee Thornburg--Tower of Power and LA Studio
Piro Rodriguez--Tito Puente and NY Studio
Peter Olstad--Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Tom Jones and NY Studio
Tom DeLibero--Las Vegas
Dave Trigg--Natalie Cole, Liza Minelli, LA and NY Studios
Luis Aquino--Miami Studio
Bill Churchville--Tower of Power, Tom Jones, LA Studios
Scott Englebright--Maynard Ferguson
Sal Cracchiolo--Poncho Sanchez, Tom Jones, Tower of Power
Seneca Black--Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Elpidio Chapotin--Havana Studios and NG La Banda
Serafin Aguilar--Maynard Ferguson & Queen Latifah
Winston Byrd--Illinois Jacquet, Mercer Ellington, Gerald Wilson NYC and LA Studio
Adolfo Acosta--Maynard Ferguson and Tower of Power
Kevin Bryan--Duke Ellington, Harry Connick Jr. and NY Studio
Tanya Darby--Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Orrin Evans and NY Studio
Nick Marchione--Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and NY Studio
Raul Agraz--NY Studio
Ryan Kisor--Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Liesl Whitaker--Diva and US Army Jazz Ambassadors
Augie Haas--Harry Connick Jr. and NY Studio
Brian MacDonald--The Airmen of Note
Stan Mark Maynard Ferguson
Dennis Noday Maynard Ferguson


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