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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1
770 259
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

2
486 192
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

3
457 179
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

4
334 158
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dixieland

5
330 160
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

6
203 93
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

7
204 100
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

8
150 75
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

9
128 63
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

10
132 75
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

11
109 57
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

12
195 125
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added

13
78 34
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Fernie Montes added Classical

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14
122 72
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

15
158 111
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

16
115 75
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; chamber music

17
78 45
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

18
117 80
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

19
70 41
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

20
104 72
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; modern

21
82 53
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Klezmer

22
53 27
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

23
55 29
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Post-bop, Jazz

24
82 55
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Dixieland

25
70 47
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical