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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439 149
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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292 104
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

3
290 109
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
197 99
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sabine Meyer Classical

5
192 96
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pete Fountain Dixieland

6
108 50
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

7
112 58
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

8
90 43
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

9
154 98
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added Henry Cuesta

10
71 34
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

11
79 42
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

12
105 63
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles

13
94 55
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

14
98 62
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

15
37 12
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78 50
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sharon Kam Classical

17
76 53
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Stanley Drucker Classical; contemporary; modern

18
116 90
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

19
60 42
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Barney Bigard Swing music, Dixieland

20
62 45
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

21
58 44
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Giora Feidman Klezmer

22
23 11
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Anat Cohen Post-bop, Jazz

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43 31
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

24
65 53
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Julian Bliss Classical; chamber music

25
44 33
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anton Stadler Classical

26
68 57
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

27
31 21
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

28
40 31
Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

29
30 22
Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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47 40
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

31
31 25
Richard Mühlfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Mühlfeld Classical

32
18 12
Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
1475802059983 added Jon Manasse

33
38 34
George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
George Lewis Blues, Dixieland

34
23 20
Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Irving Fazola Classical; jazz; swing; modern

35
30 28
Dieter Klöcker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dieter Klöcker Classical

36
9 5
Larry Combs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Larry Combs

37
26 25
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

38
25 25
Edmond Hall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Edmond Hall Swing music, Dixieland

39
22 22
Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

40
22 23
Buster Bailey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buster Bailey Classical; contemporary; jazz; swing; dixieland

41
21 22
Vasilios Saleas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Vasilios Saleas Classical

42
20 22
Jost Michaels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jost Michaels Classical

43
3 2
Anthony Gigliotti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
TAT added Anthony Gigliotti Classical

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17 20
Dink Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dink Johnson Swing; jazz; dixieland; contemporary

45
17 21
Yona Ettlinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Yona Ettlinger Classical

46
3 4
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Bill Levine added Eric Dolphy Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop

47
16 20
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Andrew Marriner Classical; contemporary

48
2 3
Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
saxi1954 added Philippe Cuper

49
1 2
Alan Hacker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Frank Cranmer added Alan Hacker Classical; historical performance; avante-garde

50
20 26
Monty Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Monty Sunshine Classical; jazz; swing; modern