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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283 104
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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278 104
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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190 94
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sabine Meyer Classical

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184 94
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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104 48
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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88 39
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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104 56
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

9
69 33
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

10
78 40
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

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150 96
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added Henry Cuesta

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93 53
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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98 60
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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93 57
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles

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75 48
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Sharon Kam Classical

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75 50
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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114 88
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

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62 42
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Charles Neidich Classical

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58 40
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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22 8
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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57 42
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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43 29
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

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31 19
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

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65 52
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Julian Bliss Classical; chamber music

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43 32
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Anton Stadler Classical

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67 56
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

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39 30
Béla Kovács is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Béla Kovács Classical; contemporary

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47 39
Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jack Brymer Classical

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31 25
Richard Mühlfeld is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Richard Mühlfeld Classical

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17 11
Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
1475802059983 added Jon Manasse

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27 22
Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

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

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30 27
Dieter Klöcker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dieter Klöcker Classical

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8 4
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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22 20
Irving Fazola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Irving Fazola Classical; jazz; swing; modern

37
25 24
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 25
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 21
Jost Michaels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Jost Michaels Classical

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20 21
Louis Cahuzac is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Louis Cahuzac Classical; contemporary

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20 21
Vasilios Saleas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Vasilios Saleas Classical

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21 23
Buster Bailey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Buster Bailey Classical; contemporary; jazz; swing; dixieland

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3 3
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 43 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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2 2
Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
saxi1954 added Philippe Cuper

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17 20
Yona Ettlinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Yona Ettlinger Classical

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16 19
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Andrew Marriner Classical; contemporary

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1 1
Anthony Gigliotti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
TAT added Anthony Gigliotti Classical

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1 1
Alan Hacker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Frank Cranmer added Alan Hacker Classical; historical performance; avante-garde

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5 7
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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0 1
Hans Pfeifer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
marbh added Hans Pfeifer