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List of Famous Clarinetists

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List of famous clarinetists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top clarinetists in the world? This includes the most prominent clarinetists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable clarinetists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic clarinetists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned clarinetists.

Examples of people on this list: Woody Allen, Lester Young and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known clarinetists to the lesser known clarinetists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the clarinetist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous clarinetists ever?" and "What are the names of famous clarinetists?" then you're in the right place. (158 items)
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright, whose career spans more than 50 years. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes ...more
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of ...more
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Artie Shaw was an American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction. Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists," Shaw ...more
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet, and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several ...more
Evan Christopher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Evan Christopher is an American clarinetist and composer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Recognized mainly for a personal brand of "contemporary early-jazz,” he strives to extend the ...more
Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
James "Jimmy" Dorsey was a prominent American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. He was known as "JD". He recorded and composed the jazz ...more
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman ...more
Chris Speed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Chris Speed is a film score composer.
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Sidney Bechet was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. Forceful ...more
Benny Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the ...more
Paulo Moura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Paulo Moura was a Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist. Born in São José do Rio Preto, where his father was the maestro of a marching band and encouraged his son to train as a ...more
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Charles Neidich is an American classical clarinetist, composer, and conductor.
Gerry Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in ...more
Joe Lovano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Joseph Salvatore "Joe" Lovano is an American post bop jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer. Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor ...more
Dr. Michael White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Michael White is a jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and musical educator. Scott Yanow, a jazz critic, said in a review that White "displays the feel and spirit of the ...more
Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Lester Willis Young, nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's ...more
Marty Ehrlich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Marty Ehrlich is a multi-instrumentalist and is considered one of the leading figures in experimental or avant-garde jazz.
Colin Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE was an English conductor. He was particularly noted for his advocacy of the music of Hector Berlioz and of Michael Tippett.
Alvin Batiste is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Alvin Batiste was an Avant-garde jazz clarinetist born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He taught at his own jazz institute at Southern University in Baton Rouge. His final album was a tribute ...more
Phil Woods is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Philip Wells Woods is an American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer.
Barney Bigard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Albany Leon Bigard, aka Barney Bigard, was an American jazz clarinetist who also played tenor saxophone, known for his 15-year tenure with Duke Ellington.
Nathaniel Shilkret is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Nathaniel Shilkret was an American composer, conductor, clarinetist, pianist, business executive, and music director born in New York City to an Austrian immigrant family.
Jimmy Giuffre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
James Peter Giuffre was an American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, composer and arranger. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the ...more
Derek Bermel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Derek Bermel is an American composer, clarinetist and conductor whose music blends various facets of world music, funk and jazz with largely classical performing forces and musical vocabulary. ...more
Assif Tsahar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Clarinetists
Assif Tsahar is an Israeli tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist. He has lived in New York City since 1990. He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Hamid ...more