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List of Famous Clarinetists

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)

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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 5 more
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Antz, Midnight in Paris + 70 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 10 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 3 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 + 7 more
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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 jazz, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1928-1964)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Sideman, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Flautist + 2 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Clarinetist
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1904-1957)
    • Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Trumpeter, Composer + 1 more
    • Credits: The Fabulous Dorseys, Four Jills in a Jeep, Stage Show
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 on Wikipedia
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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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    Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King. In 1958, he performed with Billie Holiday at ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 96 (1907-2003)
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist, Musician + 5 more
    • Credits: Stormy Weather, Buck and the Preacher, A Man Called Adam, The Hanged Man, Fame Is the Name of the Game + 6 more
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    Paulo Moura was a Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist. Born in São José do Rio Preto, where his father was the maestro of a marching band and encouraged his son to train as a tailor, Paulo instead studied in the National Music School and performed with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. He was the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1932-2010)
    • Birthplace: São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Saxophonist, Musician, Composer, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Villa-Lobos: A Life of Passion
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    Charles Neidich

    Charles Neidich is an American classical clarinetist, composer, and conductor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Clarinetist
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 2 more
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    Joseph Salvatore "Joe" Lovano is an American post bop jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer. Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor saxophone players, earning a Grammy Award and several mentions on Down Beat magazine's critics' and readers' polls. He ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Flautist, Actor, Drummer, Clarinetist + 1 more
    • Credits: Carla Bley: Live in Montreal, Joe Lovano Nonet: Paris Concert
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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 on Wikipedia
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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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    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 on Wikipedia
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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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    Marty Ehrlich is a multi-instrumentalist and is considered one of the leading figures in experimental or avant-garde jazz. more on Wikipedia
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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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    Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE was an English conductor. He was particularly noted for his advocacy of the music of Hector Berlioz and of Michael Tippett. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1927-2013)
    • Birthplace: Weybridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Gidon Kremer & Alban Berg: Violin Concerto, Mozart: Requiem: Colin Davis, Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1932-2007)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Clarinetist
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    Philip Wells Woods is an American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Composer, Clarinetist
    • Credits: Choose Me, Jazz Legends Live! 13, Ben Sidran: Anthology, Birdmen: Tribute to Charlie Parker, Phil Woods: Life in E Flat + 1 more
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