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!
1 753 254 Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz
2 475 188 Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band
3 445 178 Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music
4 407 184 JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles
5 327 155 Pete Fountain Dixieland
6 324 157 Sabine Meyer Classical
7 201 92 slaft added Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland
8 200 97 Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band
9 147 73 AlanBrown added Eddie Daniels Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz
10 128 61 Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary
11 194 123 JakeGibbs added Henry Cuesta
12 131 74 Hüsnü Şenlendirici Classical
13 107 56 Buddy DeFranco Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop
14 77 33 Fernie Montes added Robert Marcellus Classical -