Pioneers On Record

Larry Shields (1917 with Original Dixieland Jazzband)
Leon Rappolo (1922 with New Orleans Rhythm Kings)

New Orleans Early Classic Greats

Sidney Bechet - Johnny Dodds - Jimmy Noone

Other Top Clarinetists of the 1920s

Buster BaileyJimmy Dorsey
Frankie TeschemacherAlbert Nicholas
Barney BigardOmer Simeon

Other Vaudeville Players

Wilbur SweatmanTed Lewis
Wilton CrawleyBoyd Senter
Fess Williams

Clarinet Giants of the Swing Era

Benny Goodman - Artie Shaw

Other Pre Bop Clarinetists

Pee Wee RussellJoe Marsala
Edmond HallPeanuts Hucko
Johnny MinceWoody Herman
Irving FazolaDick Johnson
Abe MostBob Wilber
Kenny DavernKen Peplowski

New Orleans Revival

Alphonse PicouGeorge Lewis
Bob HelmPete Fountain
Dr. Michael White


Stan HasselgardTony Scott
Jimmy HamiltonPutte Wickman
Eiji Kitamura

Two Virtuoso Clarinet Innovators

Buddy DeFranco - Eddie Daniels

Saxophonists who occasionally played Clarinet

Lester YoungEddie Miller
Buddy ColletteRahsaan Roland Kirk
Art PepperPhil Woods
Paquito D'Rivera


John LaPortaJimmy Giuffre
Bill SmithAnthony Braxton
Perry RobinsonAlvin Baptiste
John CarterMarty Ehrlich
Michael MooreLouis Sclavis
Don Byron