Being a musician implies a lot of dedication and hard work. Being a famous musician implies even more than that. Trumpet is perhaps one of the best known instruments worldwide and it is used in all sorts of events and music styles. From official state parades to jazz, the trumpet left a great mark in our music history. Linked to these music moments stand the names of famous trumpet players that made this instrument an icon of the music. We have listed some of the names of the most famous trumpet players that revolutionized the music world with their talent.
Louis Armstrong is perhaps the best trumpet player of all times. He was born in New Orleans in 1901 and died in New York in 1971. He is known for his unique style and many believe that he was the main engine of the jazz movement. His talent made the trumpet one of the most popular and respected music instruments in the world. He is also famous for his role in “High Society” in 1956. His legacy continues to inspire many musicians even nowadays.
Miles Davies was born in Alton, Illinois in 1926. He was both a composer and band player. He first started playing the trumpet when he was 12 years old and soon fell in love with this instrument. He is known for changing the world of jazz on the West Coast. His album named “King of Blue” was released in 1959 and it holds the record of best-selling jazz album in history. He passed away in 1991 in Santa Monica.
Dizzy Gillespie, on his true name John Birks Gillespie was born in 1917 in South Carolina. He was also a famous composer and trombone player. He is legendary that he managed to learn both instruments by himself, without the help of any teacher. He was also a very skilled piano player. This multitude of skills made him one of the most original trumpet players in history. He passed away in 1993 in New Jersey.
Lee Morgan was born in 1938 in Philadelphia. He became a professional trumpet player when he was only 15 and many considered him a native talent. He studied with Clifford Brown and for a short time he was part of Dizzy Gillespie’s band. Unfortunately, his later life was marked by his drug abuse. His fame remained untouched by the substance abuse but the relationship with his wife spiraled down. One day, she shot him in the chest during a fight, killing him on instant. He was only 33 years old.
Chet Baker was born in 1929 in Oklahoma. He started playing the trumpet from school. He managed to improve his skills while being in the band of the army. After that he joined Gerry Mulligan Quartet and this decision led to his later fame. He was considered an amazing trumpet player during the jazz era but his adult life was shadowed by his drug abuse. He died in suspicious conditions in Amsterdam in 1988.