Bands/Musicians 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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670 223
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

2
402 146
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

3
427 158
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

4
297 135
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

5
287 134
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dixieland

6
291 151
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles

7
179 82
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

8
182 85
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

9
135 65
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

10
117 54
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

11
185 116
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added

12
69 28
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13
120 70
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

14
98 53
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

15
114 66
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

16
113 75
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

17
145 105
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

18
72 42
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

19
101 69
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; chamber music

20
50 25
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Post-bop, Jazz

21
63 38
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

22
94 67
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; modern

23
78 53
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Dixieland

24
48 26
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

25
80 56
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

26
47 27
Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

27
65 45
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

28
71 52
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Klezmer

29
89 71
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

30
26 12
Larry Combs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Brian Johnston added

31
45 31
Richard Mühlfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

32
51 40
Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

33
49 40
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Blues, Dixieland

34
42 34
Dieter Klöcker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dieter Klöcker Classical

35
18 9
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Bill Levine added Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

36
35 27
Buster Bailey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; jazz; swing; dixieland

37
35 28
Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

38
15 7
Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
saxi1954 added Philippe Cuper

39
33 28
Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; jazz; swing; modern

40
36 33
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical music

41
25 22
Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
1475802059983 added Jon Manasse

42
13 9
Anthony Gigliotti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
TAT added Anthony Gigliotti

Classical

43
34 33
Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Dixieland

44
8 4
Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

45
7 4
Harry Sparnaay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Mathijs Lemmens added Harry Sparnaay

46
8 6
Larry Paikin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Chris Daellenbach added Larry Paikin

47
24 25
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; contemporary

48
5 3
Evan Christopher is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added

49
5 3
Dr. Michael White is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Jazz, Dixieland

50
3 1
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Wilfried Berk added Wilfried Berk