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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395 146
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

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370 138
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

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270 126
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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268 125
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sabine Meyer Classical

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

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

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

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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

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Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

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

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

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

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Famous Jazz Clarinetists

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Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sharon Kam Classical

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Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Stanley Drucker Classical; contemporary; modern

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76 52
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Barney Bigard Swing music, Dixieland

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78 55
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

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

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Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

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Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

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

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George Lewis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
George Lewis Blues, Dixieland

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Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

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Larry Combs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Brian Johnston added Larry Combs

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

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

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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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Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

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Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

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

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Anthony Gigliotti is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
TAT added Anthony Gigliotti Classical

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Larry Paikin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Chris Daellenbach added Larry Paikin

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Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Dr. Michael White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Dr. Michael White Jazz, Dixieland

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Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dennis Maher added Ken Peplowski Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

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5 3
Harry Sparnaay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Mathijs Lemmens added Harry Sparnaay

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Ted Lewis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Ted Lewis Jazz, Dixieland

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Monty Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Monty Sunshine Classical; jazz; swing; modern

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Yona Ettlinger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Yona Ettlinger Classical

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