music The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time  

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List Rules The greatest clarinet players ever. Vote up the all time best clarinetists.

The clarinet is a member of the woodwind family and is extremely popular in symphonic movements, jazz, and swing. It has only increased in popularity and is a common instrument to find in any orchestra. The clarinet is not just for orchestras, even director Woody Allen plays the clarinet. This instrument produces a clear, smooth sound with rich bass and is perfectly paired with just about any instrument, from piano and guitar, to brass and percussion. Who are the greatest clarinetists of all time?
 
From contemporary to classical, jazz and swing, to blues and Dixieland, this list features the all time greatest clarinetists, ranked as the best by music lovers. No matter what kind of music happens to be your favorite, there’s sure to be a clarinet player who has left his or her mark on the genre.

This list features the all time most popular clarinetists, both within history and in today’s world of music including, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, and George Lewis. Vote up the clarinet players you think are the best below and see how they rank!
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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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247 93
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

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247 94
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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173 87
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sabine Meyer Classical

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166 86
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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92 40
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

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78 35
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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93 51
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

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63 29
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

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89 50
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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144 93
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added Henry Cuesta

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96 57
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Fernie Montes added Robert Marcellus Classical - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Marcellus

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68 37
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

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111 79
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

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71 47
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Stanley Drucker Classical; contemporary; modern

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60 38
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

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55 35
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Barney Bigard Swing music, Dixieland

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66 47
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sharon Kam Classical

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19 5
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Anat Cohen Post-bop, Jazz

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67 51
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles

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40 26
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

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52 38
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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41 29
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anton Stadler Classical

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65 52
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

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27 16
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

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47 36
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

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17 8
Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
1475802059983 added Jon Manasse

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59 50
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Julian Bliss Classical; chamber music

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35 27
Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

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30 24
Dieter Klöcker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dieter Klöcker Classical

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36 31
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
George Lewis Blues, Dixieland

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26 22
Richard Mühlfeld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Mühlfeld Classical

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23 20
Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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23 21
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

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20 18
Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Irving Fazola Classical; jazz; swing; modern

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3 0
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Bill Levine added Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

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23 23
Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

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4 2
Larry Combs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Larry Combs

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19 19
Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

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19 19
Vasilios Saleas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Vasilios Saleas Classical

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19 19
Jost Michaels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jost Michaels Classical

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17 18
Yona Ettlinger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Yona Ettlinger Classical

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Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
saxi1954 added Philippe Cuper

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19 21
Buster Bailey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buster Bailey Classical; contemporary; jazz; swing; dixieland

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5 5
Annelien Van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Mathijs Lemmens added Annelien Van Wauwe

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15 17
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Andrew Marriner Classical; contemporary

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13 15
Alcide Nunez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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10 12
Johann Simon Hermstedt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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15 18
Dink Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dink Johnson Swing; jazz; dixieland; contemporary