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TRENDING List of Famous Clarinetists

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List of famous clarinetists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top clarinetists in the world? This includes the most prominent clarinetists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable clarinetists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic clarinetists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned clarinetists.

Examples of people on this list: Woody Allen, Lester Young and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known clarinetists to the lesser known clarinetists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the clarinetist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous clarinetists ever?" and "What are the names of famous clarinetists?" then you're in the right place. (158 items)
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

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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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#24 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#87 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#69 on The Best Short Actors

#66 on The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1909-1986)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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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#28 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

#1 on The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

#14 on The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

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Age: Died at 94 (1910-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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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#85 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

#2 on The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
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Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet, and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence in the 1960s. He was one of the first important bass clarinet soloists in ...more

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Age: Died at 36 (1928-1964)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Sideman, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader Flautist, + more

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#20 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

#12 on The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time

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Evan Christopher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
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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 ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

Profession: Clarinetist

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Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
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James "Jimmy" Dorsey was a prominent American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. He was known as "JD". He recorded and composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You" and "It's The Dreamer In Me". His other major recordings were "Tailspin", "John ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1904-1957)

Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Trumpeter Composer, + more

Credits: The Fabulous Dorseys, Four Jills in a Jeep, Stage Show

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Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1913-1987)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Profession: Saxophonist, Bandleader, Clarinetist, Singer

Credits: The Bell Telephone Hour

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#12 on The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Chris Speed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous 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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