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The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time 

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Updated June 2, 2020 13.1k votes 3.6k voters 95.8k views 88 items

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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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Hüsnü Şenlendi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time