Famous Clarinetists in Music History

Events in Music

  • 1690-01-14 The musical instrument, the clarinet is invented in Nürnberg, Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-12-11 Paul Hindemith's Concerto for clarinet, premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith

Birthdays in Music

  • 1655-08-13 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1707)
  • 1744-05-18 Joseph Beer, Bohemian clarinetist, and composer (5th clarinet flap), born in Grünwald, Bohemia (d. 1812)
  • 1776-08-04 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, born in Jezbořice, Bohemia (d. 1851)
  • 1811-12-08 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1864)
  • 1821-08-31 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, born in Polepy, Austrian Empire (now Czech Republic) (d. 1899)
  • 1884-03-17 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist, born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (d. 1934)
  • 1892-04-12 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, born in Waveland, Mississippi (d. 1940)
  • 1893-09-13 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), born in New Orleans (d. 1953)
  • 1897-05-14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1900-12-29 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1902-01-23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1906-03-27 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-04-10 Joseph "Fud" Livingston, American jazz clarinetist, arranger, and composer ("Im Thru With Love"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1957) [1]
  • 1907-03-28 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)

Person of interestBenny Goodman

1909-05-30 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1910-05-23 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor ("Begin the Beguine"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1912-05-12 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1913-05-16 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1915-01-27 Jack Brymer, clarinetist
  • 1917-01-22 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1996)
  • 1918-04-07 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1918-07-30 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1920-04-13 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1924-06-21 Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1925-09-01 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Gardena, California (d. 1982)
  • 1926-04-11 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1927-04-24 "Fatty" George [Pressler], Austrian swing jazz clarinettist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1982)
  • 1928-04-09 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • 1929-01-28 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset, England (d. 2014)
  • 1929-12-03 Clarence Ford, American jazz and R&B clarinet and saxophone player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1930-07-03 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1933-01-30 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1935-01-07 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist, born in Huntington, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1935-05-21 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), born in Potters Bar, England (d. 2013)
  • 1941-03-06 Peter Brötzmann, German free jazz saxophonist and clarinet player, born in Remscheid, Germany
  • 1942-07-12 Richard Stoltzman, American clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1948-09-29 Theo Jörgensmann, German jazz clarinetist
  • 1950-01-02 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist, born in Queens, New York
  • 1958-11-08 Don Byron, American composer and clarinetist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1959-03-30 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • 1962-01-27 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • 1967-09-24 Geir Sundbø, Norwegian composer, conductor, clarinetist and guitarist, born in Porsgrunn, Norway
  • 1988-09-26 Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Deaths in Music

  • 1707-04-20 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), dies at 51
  • 1851-11-20 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1864-03-30 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, dies 52
  • 1899-09-08 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1932-03-01 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, killed in a car accident at 25
  • 1940-08-08 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • 1953-11-21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • 1957-03-25 Joseph "Fud" Livingston, American jazz clarinetist, arranger, and composer ("Im Thru With Love") and composer, dies at 50
  • 1959-05-14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), dies of lung cancer on his 62nd birthday
  • 1969-02-15 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, dies at 62
  • 1982-03-29 "Fatty" George [Pressler], Austrian swing jazz clarinettist, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1982-06-15 Art Pepper, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56

Person of interestBenny Goodman

1986-06-13 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1987-10-29 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • 1990-11-18 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • 1991-03-31 John Carter, American jazz clarinetist (Roots & Folklore), dies at 61
  • 1994-03-05 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • 1994-06-06 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • 1995-05-09 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 1996-03-06 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996-05-27 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 1998-08-11 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • 2000-06-16 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, dies at 67
  • 2001-02-10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2003-09-15 Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)
  • 2004-05-12 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • 2004-12-30 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94
  • 2006-12-12 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • 2010-07-12 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • 2010-11-30 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), dies at 82
  • 2013-03-15 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77
  • 2014-11-02 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • 2016-08-06 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86
  • 2017-02-04 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89

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