Selmer Clarinet, used by Paquito D'Rivera


This clarinet was made by Henri Selmer in Paris, France around 1957 to 1958. It is a Boehm System clarinet in B-flay, “Centered Tone” model, serial #Q9851, made of grenadilla with silver keys and rings. This clarinet is stamped:


Cuban-born jazz clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera acquired this clarinet in the late 1950s and continued to use it until he donated the clarinet to the museum in 2005. D-Rivera has received several awards and honors, including twelve Grammys, NEA Jazz Masters, Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend award, and a National Medal of the Arts in 2005.

Date Made: 1957-1958

User: D'Rivera, PaquitoMaker: Selmer, Henri

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, Paris

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Exhibition: South Music Lobby

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Paquito D'Rivera

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0086.01Accession Number: 2005.0086Catalog Number: 2005.0086.01

Object Name: clarinet

Physical Description: grenadilla (overall material)nickel silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: 28 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 72.39 cm x 7.9375 cm


Record Id: nmah_1293475

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