"Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet." Lee Kontiz
The clarinet is a part of the woodwind family. The name derives from adding the suffix -et (meaning little) to the Italian wordclarino (meaning a type of trumpet). The instrument has an cylindrical bore and uses a single reed. In jazz contexts, it is sometimes informally referred to as the "licorice stick." Since 1800 (Mozart, Weber, Beethoven) the clarinet is fully established in symphonic music, popular music, dance- and military music and then later on in Jazz and pop, but is also used in Indian, Persian and Turkish music, Gipsy, Kletzmer and even Arabian music with its non-European scales.