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

2
331 123
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

3
324 123
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

4
223 108
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pete Fountain Dixieland

5
225 110
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sabine Meyer Classical

6
139 70
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

7
130 65
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

8
168 101
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles

9
106 55
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

10
162 104
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added Henry Cuesta

11
88 46
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

12
77 41
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

13
100 61
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

14
43 18
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100 68
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

16
84 57
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sharon Kam Classical

17
124 99
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

18
55 36
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anton Stadler Classical

19
78 59
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Julian Bliss Classical; chamber music

20
50 34
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

21
79 62
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Stanley Drucker Classical; contemporary; modern

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32 17
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Anat Cohen Post-bop, Jazz

23
65 49
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Barney Bigard Swing music, Dixieland

24
37 23
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

25
60 48
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Giora Feidman Klezmer

26
54 42
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

27
65 54
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

28
35 25
Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

Musicians Who Died of Alcoholism

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44 36
Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

30
36 28
Richard Mühlfeld is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Mühlfeld Classical

31
73 67
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

32
44 37
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
George Lewis Blues, Dixieland

33
28 22
Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Irving Fazola Classical; jazz; swing; modern

34
28 24
Buster Bailey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buster Bailey Classical; contemporary; jazz; swing; dixieland

35
13 9
Larry Combs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Larry Combs

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33 32
Dieter Klöcker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dieter Klöcker Classical

37
29 28
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

38
26 26
Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

39
19 18
Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
1475802059983 added Jon Manasse

40
29 30
Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

41
6 4
Larry Paikin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Chris Daellenbach added Larry Paikin

42
7 6
Anthony Gigliotti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
TAT added Anthony Gigliotti Classical

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7 7
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Bill Levine added Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

44
22 26
Vasilios Saleas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Vasilios Saleas Classical

45
19 23
Yona Ettlinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Yona Ettlinger Classical

46
19 23
Dink Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dink Johnson Swing; jazz; dixieland; contemporary

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Evan Christopher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Evan Christopher

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Dr. Michael White is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Dr. Michael White Jazz, Dixieland

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Victor Goines is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Victor Goines Jazz

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Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Ken Peplowski Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland