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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1
753 254
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

2
475 188
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

3
445 178
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

4
407 184
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JonathanPascale added Squidward Tentacles

5
327 155
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Dixieland

6
324 157
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

7
201 92
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
slaft added Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

8
200 97
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

9
147 73
Eddie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
AlanBrown added Third stream, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

10
128 61
Karl Leister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Karl Leister Classical; Contemporary

11
194 123
Henry Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
JakeGibbs added

12
131 74
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

13
107 56
Buddy DeFranco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Post-bop, Bebop

14
77 33
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15
121 71
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

16
155 109
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

17
112 73
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; chamber music

18
117 78
Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time

19
76 45
Anton Stadler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical

20
103 71
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; modern

21
55 28
Anat Cohen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
KamalSagar added Post-bop, Jazz

22
69 41
Carl Baermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Carl Baermann Classical

23
53 27
Heinrich Baermann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Heinrich Baermann Classical

24
79 53
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Klezmer

25
81 55
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Clarinetists of All Time
Swing music, Dixieland