Richard Stoltzman was born July 12, 1942 in Omaha, Nebraska.
He began studying the clarinet at the age of 8 with a teacher at a local school.
When Stoltzman was in junior high school, he began developing the jazz techniques of improvisation and enjoyed jamming with his father at home.
Benny Goodman was his earliest musical mentor, and remained a strong influence throughout his career.
He talks about memories of Benny Goodman at his own website.Go here
Stoltzman studied mathematics and music at Ohio State University.
Then he studied with Professor Keith Wilson at the Yale School of Music.
He made his New York debut in 1974, and was the first clarinetist to ever give a solo recital in New York’s Carnegie Hall.
In his career he has frequently played and recorded both jazz and classical music.
He combines traditional and contemporary classical and jazz material with his own unorthodox style.
He won Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.
Here is Richard Stoltzman said his Profile.
Here is Richard Stoltzman and Friends, “Bill Douglas, and Eddie Gomez.”.
Here is Mel Torme & Richard Stoltzman play “Benny Goodman Tribute”.