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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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    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, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Antz, Midnight in Paris, + more
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    Benny Goodman
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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: Make Mine Music, A Song Is Born, Hollywood Hotel, The Gang's All Here, Sweet and Low-Down, + more
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    Artie Shaw
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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, United States of America
    • 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: 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 a film score composer.more

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    • Age: 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 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: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Composer, Clarinetist
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    Charles Neidich

    Charles Neidich is an American classical clarinetist, composer, and conductor.more

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    • Profession: Clarinetist
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    Gerry Mulligan
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    Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a notable ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1927-1996)
    • Birthplace: Queens Village, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Arranger, Saxophonist, Actor, Composer, Clarinetist
    • Credits: A Thousand Clowns, Luv, I'm Not Rappaport, La Menace, Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog, + more
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    Dr. Michael White
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    Michael White is a jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and musical educator. Scott Yanow, a jazz critic, said in a review that White "displays the feel and spirit of the best New Orleans clarinetists."more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Composer, Clarinetist, Teacher
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    Marty Ehrlich is a multi-instrumentalist and is considered one of the leading figures in experimental or avant-garde jazz.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Multi-instrumentalist
    • Credits: Blue Vinyl
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    Lester Young
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    Lester Willis Young, nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra, Young was one of the most influential players on his instrument. In contrast to many of his hard-driving peers, Young played ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1909-1959)
    • Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Musician, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Improvisation, Norman Granz: Improvisation
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    Alvin Batiste was an Avant-garde jazz clarinetist born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He taught at his own jazz institute at Southern University in Baton Rouge. His final album was a tribute produced by Branford Marsalis and also features Russell Malone and Herlin Riley. Several well-known musicians studied ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1932-2007)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Clarinetist
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    Barney Bigard
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    Albany Leon Bigard, aka Barney Bigard, was an American jazz clarinetist who also played tenor saxophone, known for his 15-year tenure with Duke Ellington.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1906-1980)
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Black and Tan, The Timex All-star Swing Festival
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    James Peter Giuffre was an American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, composer and arranger. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1921-2008)
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist, Musician, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Le insaziabili
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    Derek Bermel is an American composer, clarinetist and conductor whose music blends various facets of world music, funk and jazz with largely classical performing forces and musical vocabulary. He is the recipient of various awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Academy in Rome's Rome ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Rockaway, Battle for Brooklyn, Torn
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    Assif Tsahar is an Israeli tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist. He has lived in New York City since 1990. He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Hamid Drake, Peter Kowald, Susie Ibarra, Rashied Ali, Warren Smith, Wilbur Morris, Le Quan Ninh, John Tchicai, Fred ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Saxophonist, Musician, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Sharqiya
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    Don Byron
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    Don Byron is a Composer.more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer, Clarinetist, Multi-instrumentalist
    • Credits: Joe Papp in Five Acts
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    David Krakauer is an American clarinetist raised and based in New York, NY. He is known for his work in klezmer music as well as classical music and avant-garde improvisation. He is also considered an accomplished jazz player.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Composer, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film
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    Richard Leslie Stoltzman is an American clarinetist. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he spent his early years in San Francisco, California, and Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from Woodward High School in 1960. Today, Stoltzman is part of the faculty list at the New England Conservatory and Boston ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Clarinetist
    • Credits: Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story
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