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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+ - 240 90
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

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+ - 171 83
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sabine Meyer Classical

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+ - 159 84
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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+ - 86 40
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

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+ - 76 35
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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+ - 88 48
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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+ - 144 91
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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+ - 90 50
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

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Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

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

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Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

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

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+ - 110 78
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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+ - 70 46
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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+ - 58 37
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

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+ - 54 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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+ - 63 46
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Squidward Tentacles

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+ - 63 46
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sharon Kam Classical

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+ - 40 26
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

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+ - 51 38
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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+ - 16 5
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anat Cohen Post-bop, Jazz

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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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+ - 64 51
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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+ - 47 36
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

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

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+ - 35 26
Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

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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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Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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

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+ - 28 24
Dieter Klöcker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dieter Klöcker Classical

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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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+ - 22 20
Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Irving Fazola Classical; jazz; swing; modern

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Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

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+ - 23 23
Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

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Larry Combs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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+ - 19 19
Jost Michaels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jost Michaels Classical

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+ - 19 19
Vasilios Saleas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Vasilios Saleas Classical

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+ - 19 19
Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

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Annelien Van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Annelien Van Wauwe

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+ - 15 17
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 43 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) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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+ - 18 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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+ - 10 12
Johann Simon Hermstedt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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+ - 15 18
Dink Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dink Johnson Swing; jazz; dixieland; contemporary

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+ - 15 18
Yona Ettlinger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Yona Ettlinger Classical

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+ - 14 17
Ted Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Ted Lewis Jazz, Dixieland

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+ - 19 23
Monty Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Monty Sunshine Classical; jazz; swing; modern