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

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272 97
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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264 100
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

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183 90
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sabine Meyer Classical

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179 91
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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96 45
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

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84 37
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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98 54
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

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76 38
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

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67 32
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

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148 95
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added Henry Cuesta

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91 52
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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97 59
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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Fernie Montes added Robert Marcellus Classical - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Marcellus

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84 55
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles

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

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74 49
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Stanley Drucker Classical; contemporary; modern

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61 41
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

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112 87
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

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57 39
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Barney Bigard Swing music, Dixieland

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21 7
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Anat Cohen Post-bop, Jazz

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43 28
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

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55 41
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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67 54
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

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29 18
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

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42 31
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anton Stadler Classical

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39 29
Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

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61 51
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Julian Bliss Classical; chamber music

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47 38
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

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17 10
Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
1475802059983 added Jon Manasse

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30 24
Richard Mühlfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Mühlfeld Classical

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

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26 21
Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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30 26
Dieter Klöcker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dieter Klöcker Classical

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8 3
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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21 19
Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Irving Fazola Classical; jazz; swing; modern

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24 23
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

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24 24
Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

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20 20
Jost Michaels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jost Michaels Classical

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20 20
Vasilios Saleas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Vasilios Saleas Classical

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20 20
Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

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3 2
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Bill Levine added Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

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20 22
Buster Bailey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buster Bailey Classical; contemporary; jazz; swing; dixieland

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Anthony Gigliotti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
TAT added Anthony Gigliotti Classical

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17 19
Yona Ettlinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Yona Ettlinger Classical

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Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
saxi1954 added Philippe Cuper

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Alan Hacker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Frank Cranmer added Alan Hacker Classical; historical performance; avante-garde

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Hans Pfeifer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
marbh added Hans Pfeifer

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5 6
Annelien Van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Mathijs Lemmens added Annelien Van Wauwe

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15 18
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Andrew Marriner Classical; contemporary