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Famous Male Clarinetists

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List of famous male clarinetists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male clarinetists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being clarinetists. There are thousand of males working as clarinetists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic clarinetists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a clarinetist then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list contains people like Giora Feidman and Chris Speed.

While this isn't a list of all male clarinetists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male clarinetists?" and "Who are the best male clarinetists?"
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    Woody Allen

    Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Clarinetists
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    Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright, whose career spans more than 50 years. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Manhattan
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    Benny Goodman

    Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Clarinetists
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    Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His January 16, 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City is described by critic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1909-1986)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Music and Lyrics, Raging Bull, The English Patient
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    Artie Shaw

    Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Clarinetists
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    Artie Shaw was an American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction. Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists," Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1910-2004)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Musician, Bandleader, Author, + more
    • Credits: Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got, Second Chorus, Dancing Co Ed, Buddy Rich: Jazz Legend: 1917-1987, Big Band: Artie Shaw & Duke Ellington, + more
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    Evan Christopher is an American clarinetist and composer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Recognized mainly for a personal brand of "contemporary early-jazz,” he strives to extend the legacy of the unique clarinet style anchored in the musical vocabulary created by early New Orleans clarinetists such as ...more

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    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Clarinetist
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    Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and 1940s bandleaders. His bands often played music that was experimental for its time. He ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1913-1987)
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Bandleader, Clarinetist, Singer
    • Credits: The Bell Telephone Hour
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    Chris Speed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Clarinetists
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    Chris Speed is a film score composer. more

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    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Saxophonist, Bandleader, Composer, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Tiger Tail in Blue
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    Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Clarinetists
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    Sidney Bechet was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet's playing. Bechet's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1897-1959)
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Musician, Composer, Clarinetist
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    Charles Neidich

    Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Clarinetists
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    Charles Neidich is an American classical clarinetist, composer, and conductor. more

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    • Profession: Clarinetist
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