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 Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-05-03 18:01

Here is my list, and you are welcome to add to it: Tony Coe, a certain Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Eddie Daniels, Bob Wilber. Jimmy Hamilton, the great clarinetist of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, also played Classical music, but never recorded any nor did he play it in public, unfortunately. There is France's Michel Portal, but he is a double-agent: has always played both types of music. What he plays these days, I would call improvised contemporary music more than jazz. On the other hand, there are few Classical players that have played much jazz. Larry Combs, my friend, the late John Denman. Others?

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JL-Clarinette

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: hans 
Date:   2019-05-03 18:12

An interesting topic.

GBK plays both, and my high school music teacher (from 60 years ago) was a professional jazz musician first, but played (and taught) classical music as well.

It may be more challenging for classical musicians to learn to play jazz than the other way around - both Shaw and Goodman began with jazz, apparently - and interpretation is very different: our local symphony orchestra performed a Swing concert several years ago and, while they played the notes correctly, it certainly did not "swing".

Hans



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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: rmk54 
Date:   2019-05-03 18:36

Richard Stoltzman (sort of...)
David Krakauer

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: Fuzzy 
Date:   2019-05-03 21:54

You mean like this?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZEHu6trE2w&t=2m21s

Hahaha! (I know this isn't what you were talking about, but I couldn't resist.) I'm still impressed by Tim's ability.

Fuzzy

[Edit: (clip is from Tim's "A Royal Street Serenade" Feb 2009 album)]



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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2019-05-03 22:07

Bill Smith.

And Paquito :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z43lnq9chF4

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-05-03 23:04

Hans, Benny Goodman actually began with Classical, as a child. He started playing jazz very early in life, though, in order to bring home the bacon. To my knowledge, he never played Klezmer, in spite of his Russian Jewish origins.

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-05-03 23:05

Liquorice: What about you, Liquorice, do you play jazz? I'm sure you could play anything you set your mind to. How could I have forgotten Paquito?!

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JL-Clarinette

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: kchan 2017
Date:   2019-05-04 00:29

I checked the list to see if Don Byron was listed. Here's a interesting interview from Don Byron https://youtu.be/OGQeB10LYJc.



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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: hans 
Date:   2019-05-04 00:51

Ruben,

I agree, and perhaps the two years of early classical training helped to keep him interested in it for the rest of his life. It seems that his professional jazz career, starting in his early teens, preceded his professional classical work and that was what I was thinking of.

Regards,
Hans

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: Fuzzy 
Date:   2019-05-04 01:15

Kchan,

That was an interesting clip.

I'm curious why the answer "Benny Goodman" was used as the example as to when American teaching became strict to classical training. Was this the case? Was clarinet education more flexible during the years between, say, Johnny Dodds/Leon Roppolo/etc and Benny Goodman?

It is a question that I had never thought before.

Thanks,
Fuzzy

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: Presto 2017
Date:   2019-05-04 02:24

Andy Miles, Andy Firth, Lajos Dudas

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2019-05-04 11:58

@ruben Thanks for your kind words. I have dabbled in jazz but realise my limitations. Good jazz players are the musicians that I most admire!

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-05-04 15:53

Dear Liquorice: Listen to Tony Coe playing "How long has this been going on?" on YouTube. It will blow your mind! I'm sure Tony would love to meet you and get you going on playing a little jazz, even if you don't intend to become a full-time jazz musician. Your present job is already pretty good! ha ha

rubengreenbergparisfrance@gmail.com
JL-Clarinette

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 Re: Jazz clarinetists that sometimes played Classical music
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-05-04 15:55

Even more unusual is jazz saxophonists that play Classical music. I can only think of two: Branford Marsalis and Trent Kynaston.

rubengreenbergparisfrance@gmail.com
JL-Clarinette

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