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List of famous male clarinetists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male clarinetists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being clarinetists. There are thousand of males working as clarinetists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic clarinetists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a clarinetist then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male clarinetists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male clarinetists?" and "Who are the best male clarinetists?"
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male 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 performing as a stand-up comedian, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. As a comedian, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish, which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen in fourth place on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, while a UK survey ranked Allen as the third greatest ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 83

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male 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 critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music." Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz. During an era of segregation he also led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, while exploring an interest in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 77 (1909-1986)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male 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 numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." Prior to the release of "Beguine" Shaw and his fledgeling band had languished in relative obscurity for over two years and after its release he became a major pop artist within short order. The record eventually became one of the era's defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 94 (1910-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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Evan Christopher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male 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 such as Lorenzo Tio Jr., Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard, and Johnny Dodds. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

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