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

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

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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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Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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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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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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Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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

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Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

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

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Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Stanley Drucker Classical; contemporary; modern

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

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Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Barney Bigard Swing music, Dixieland

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Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Squidward Tentacles

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Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

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

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Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

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Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

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

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Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

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Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

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Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anton Stadler Classical

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Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Julian Bliss Classical; chamber music

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

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Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

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George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
George Lewis Blues, Dixieland

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Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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

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

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Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anat Cohen Post-bop, Jazz

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Annelien Van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Annelien Van Wauwe

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Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

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Vasilios Saleas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Vasilios Saleas Classical

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Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Irving Fazola Classical; jazz; swing; modern

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

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Buster Bailey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buster Bailey Classical; contemporary; jazz; swing; dixieland

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Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

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Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Andrew Marriner Classical; contemporary

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Alcide Nunez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Dink Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dink Johnson Swing; jazz; dixieland; contemporary

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Ronald Van Spaendonck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Ronald Van Spaendonck Classical and contemporary.

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Paulo Moura is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Paulo Moura Choro

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Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

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

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

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Dave Tarras is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dave Tarras Classical