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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
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
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Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Big band
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Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music
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Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical
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Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dixieland
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Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland
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Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band
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Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz
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Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; Contemporary
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Fernie Montes added Classical

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Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop
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Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical
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Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added
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Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; modern
16
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical
17
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening
18
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; chamber music
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Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical
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Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Klezmer
21
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Post-bop, Jazz
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Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical
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Jimmy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
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Jack Brymer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical