Famous Trumpeters in History

Events in Music

  • 1887-11-23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1887-09-03 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, born in Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1893-11-19 René Voisin, French classical trumpet player, born in Angers, France (d. 1952)
  • 1899-01-28 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1901-08-04 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1903-12-29 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1905-01-13 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1905-06-13 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1908-01-07 [Henry] "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1908-02-04 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1908-04-29 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1908-07-10 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • 1908-09-07 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1909-07-16 Teddy [John Edward] Buckner, American trumpeter (Dixieland music), born in Sherman, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1909-08-05 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1909-08-17 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1909-10-04 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, born in Thorigny-sur-Marne, France (d. 1994)
  • 1910-10-10 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1911-01-30 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1911-05-03 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1911-07-20 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer
  • 1911-11-12 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • 1914-07-26 Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer (After Hours), born in Brimingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1916-03-15 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1917-10-21 [John Birks] "Dizzy" Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter, a creator of bebop & modern jazz (A Night In Tunisia), born in Cheraw, South Carolina; (d. 1993)
  • 1918-09-04 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1919-02-03 [Eugene Edward] Snooky Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1920-08-03 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1920-12-14 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1921-03-08 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • 1921-05-06 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1922-11-07 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1923-09-24 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1950)
  • 1924-04-14 Shorty Rogers, [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1924-08-30 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, born in Fairfield, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1925-05-14 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • 1925-08-13 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1926-04-02 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)

Person of interestMiles Davis

1926-05-26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1926-07-03 Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey ( d. 1997)
  • 1927-07-07 Doc Severinson, [Carl], bandleader/trumpeter on the Tonight Show, born in Arlington, Oregon
  • 1927-09-27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1928-05-04 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1928-08-21 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), born in Council Buffs, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1929-12-23 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1930-10-30 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1956)
  • 1930-10-31 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, born in Skegness, Lincolnshire (d. 1994)
  • 1931-03-27 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1931-10-14 Duško Gojković, Serbian trumpeter (Balkan Blue), born in Jajce, Bosnia
  • 1931-11-30 Jack Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter, singer, and actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1932-07-16 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-09 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1933-05-21 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, born in Alès, France (d. 2012)
  • 1935-06-03 Ted Curson [Theodore], Jazz Trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1935-09-03 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), born in Amsterdam (d. 2012)
  • 1936-11-18 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1937-03-22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1938-04-07 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938-07-10 Lee Morgan, American hard-bop trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1939-04-04 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1940-03-23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-10-11 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, born in Frederick, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1941-12-18 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer (Divine Love), born in Leland, Mississippi
  • 1942-03-06 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942-07-11 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 2018)
  • 1943-08-10 Michael Mantler, American trumpeter and composer
  • 1944-02-20 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-03-02 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer (The Spy Who Loved Me, Skyfall), born in Reading, England (d. 2013)
  • 1945-11-27 Randy Brecker, American jazz and fusion trumpeter (Brecker Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946-04-25 Digby Fairweather, British jazz trumpeter, born in Rochford, Essex, England
  • 1947-08-19 Gerard Schwarz, American trumpeter/conductor (LA Chamber Orchestra), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1949-11-06 Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • 1950-04-19 Earl Gardner, American jazz trumpeter (Saturday Night Live), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-06-18 Rick Gazda, trumpet player (The Miami Horns)
  • 1953-07-24 Jon Faddis, American jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Oakland, California
  • 1955-01-23 Reginald Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957-01-05 Vincent Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961-10-18 Wynton Marsalis, American jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-03-13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) and film score composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-12-24 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1969-10-16 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1979-01-16 Rashawn Ross, American trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band), born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1980-12-05 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter, born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1995-05-09 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain

Weddings in Music

  • 1955-08-29 "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)

LoveWedding of Interest

1968-10-17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

1981-11-26 Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Deaths in Music

  • 1876-06-25 John Patton, trumpeter, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1890-10-03 Andries Andre, Dutch actor and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major), dies at 36
  • 1950-07-06 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • 1956-06-26 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • 1967-04-17 Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1971-07-06 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of a heart attack at 69

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1971-07-08 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
  • 1972-12-05 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1973-11-27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1974-08-09 Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • 1983-07-05 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, dies from lymphatic cancer at 67
  • 1985-05-02 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • 1985-09-15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 1986-08-20 Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1988-05-13 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • 1989-02-26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • 1990-06-11 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86
  • 1991-09-13 Ferry Barendse, trumpeter/composer/arranger (Ramblers), dies

Person of interestMiles Davis

1991-09-28 Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, dies of pneumonia at 65

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1991-12-08 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 1993-01-06 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1993-11-11 Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer (After Hours), dies at 79
  • 1994-01-15 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-01-17 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • 1994-01-30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 1994-02-02 Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
  • 1994-05-27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1994-05-31 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994-06-29 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • 1994-09-06 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 1994-09-22 Teddy [John Edward] Buckner, American trumpeter (Dixieland music), dies at 85
  • 1994-11-02 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter, dies at 73
  • 1994-11-07 Shorty Rogers [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter and composer, dies at 70
  • 1994-11-09 Milton M Shorty Rajonsky Rogers, trumpeter, dies at 70
  • 1995-01-16 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer, dies at 83
  • 1995-02-18 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 1995-07-22 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana, dies at 90
  • 1995-10-19 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 1996-02-08 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • 1996-08-31 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, dies at 85
  • 1997-06-02 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1997-12-22 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • 1999-04-27 Al Hirt, American trumpeter, dies of liver failure at 76
  • 1999-05-18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 1999-07-27 Sweets Edison, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1915)
  • 1999-10-04 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1999-11-08 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
  • 2000-01-17 Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • 2005-04-14 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • 2006-08-23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78
  • 2006-09-23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, English composer and professional trumpeter (b. 1921)
  • 2008-02-13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • 2008-12-29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • 2011-04-29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukaemia at 85
  • 2011-05-11 [Eugene Edward] Snooky Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • 2012-02-25 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, dies at 78
  • 2012-11-04 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2012-12-13 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), dies at 77
  • 2013-02-04 Pat Halcox, British trumpeter, dies at 82
  • 2013-02-04 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), dies at 80
  • 2013-03-22 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer (The Spy Who Loved Me, Skyfall), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2014-09-08 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96
  • 2015-02-21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2015-03-08 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • 2016-02-25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2018-01-23 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • 2018-07-29 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), dies of complication from lung cancer at 76
  • 2018-11-02 Roy Hargrove, American trumpeter, dies of kidney disease at 49