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Famous Male Clarinetists

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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.

This list contains people like Giora Feidman and Chris Speed.

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?"
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  • Woody Allen
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    Heywood "Woody" Allen (born December 1, 1935) is an American director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades. He began his career 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, he performed as a stand-up comedian, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes, where 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 fourth on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, while a UK survey ranked Allen the third-greatest... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Benny Goodman
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    Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 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 started the careers of many jazz musicians. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first integrated jazz groups. He performed nearly to the end of his life while exploring an interest in classical music.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1909-1986)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Artie Shaw
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    Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor. 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". Before the release of "Beguine", Shaw and his fledgling 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... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1910-2004)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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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: 51
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California