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!
1 770 259 Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz
2 486 192 Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band
3 457 179 Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music
4 334 158 Pete Fountain Dixieland
5 330 160 Sabine Meyer Classical
6 203 93 slaft added Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland
7 204 100 Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band
8 150 75 AlanBrown added Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz
9 128 63 Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary
10 132 75 Hüsnü Şenlendirici Classical
11 109 57 Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop
12 195 125 JakeGibbs added Henry Cuesta
13 78 34 Fernie Montes added Robert Marcellus Classical