Clarinetists in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1744-05-18 Joseph Beer, Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
  • 1884-03-17 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1892-04-12 Johnny Dodds, early jazz clarinetist
  • 1897-05-14 Sidney Bechet, US, jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • 1900-12-29 Willie Humphrey, jazz Clarinetist
  • 1907-03-28 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • 1909-05-30 Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1913-05-16 Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds)
  • 1915-01-27 Jack Brymer, clarinetist
  • 1917-01-22 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • 1918-04-07 Peanuts Hucko, dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1924-06-21 Wally Fawkes, cartoonist/jazz clarinetist
  • 1926-04-11 Gervase de Peyer, clarinetist
  • 1929-01-28 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset (d. 2014)
  • 1930-07-03 Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1933-01-30 Richard Dufallo, clarinetist/conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-01-07 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (d. 2006)
  • 1935-05-21 Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)
  • 1942-07-12 Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1948-09-29 Theo J√∂rgensmann, German jazz clarinetist
  • 1950-01-02 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • 1958-11-08 Don Byron, American clarinetist
  • 1959-03-30 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • 1962-01-27 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • 1988-09-26 Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer

Deaths in Music

  • 1932-03-01 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1906)
  • 1953-11-21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • 1959-05-14 Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1986-06-13 Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77
  • 1987-10-28 Woody Herman, US jazz clarinetist/composer, dies at 74
  • 1990-11-18 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • 1991-03-31 John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
  • 1994-06-06 Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • 1996-03-06 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996-05-27 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2001-02-10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2003-09-15 Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)
  • 2004-12-30 Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 94
  • 2006-12-12 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • 2010-07-12 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • 2014-11-04 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85