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concerto for stan getz

composed by richard rodney bennett
performed by anjan shah
conducted by andrew constantine


Richard Rodney Bennett
Concerto for Stan Getz, for tenor saxophone & orchestra


Description by Andrew Lindemann Malone

Richard Rodney Bennett's Concerto for Stan Getz is that rare thing, a crossover work conceived and completed not because a record company thought it would be profitable but because both artists wanted to try something new. First impetus came from Getz; while preparing a concert of Gershwin arrangements with the Boston Pops, the veteran jazzman noted that it would be nice to have a saxophone concerto to present as well. Conductor John Williams agreed, and knew just the man to do the job. Although Bennett had a career in jazz performance as well as classical composition, he had never before mixed the two musical genres. However, Bennett was eager to work with Getz, whose career had flowered just as Bennett became interested in jazz during the 1950s. Bennett completed the concerto in 1990; unfortunately, Getz was not able to play it before his death in 1991.

Bennett scored the Concerto for Stan Getz for solo tenor saxophone, strings, and timpani; the division between the "jazz" soloist and the "classical" orchestra helps to create a sense of two musical worlds meeting. The meeting is uneasy at first, with churning in the strings interrupted by stabbing chords; the soloist's attempts at lyricism are occasionally cut off, and the resulting melody mainly comes from syncopated repeated notes or triplets. A second subject, however, has more jazz in it, as the saxophone floats an easy melody over the strings. A subtle tension persists until the long cadenza, which embraces virtuoso techniques from all over the place and uses them in the unpredictable service of both melodies. The second movement, titled "Elegy" for obvious reasons, opens with a sighing melody on the strings that immediately contrasts with a distant, cool melody in the saxophone. The movement maintains its reserve for a while, but eventually more explicit emotion breaks out, subtly encouraged by the timpani and ending with rich, sad chords. Repeated notes, syncopated in a "rat-a-tat-tat" rhythm, dominate the third movement. The saxophone attempts to construct a melody from these at a "Con brio" tempo, while the strings act to influence the melody's shape. The constant movement leads to an exciting conclusion.


Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Stan Getz

Stan Getz



with the booking you get

pairing ideas

  • Educational clinics (2)
  • Use of encore chart
  • Use of EnCue concert app complete with program notes about the work
  • Unlimited time while onsite to promote event via local broadcast media
  • If IDEA #1 is programed, Anjan will play the saxophone part for Kijé and Pictures so no need to hire an extra

IDEA #1 - With full orchestra
Opening work:  Lieutenant Kijé by Prokofiev
Concerto:  Concerto for Stan Getz by Bennett
Encore (not printed):  Girl from Ipanema by Jobim
 - intermission -
2nd Half work:  Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky

IDEA #2 - With chamber orchestra
Opening work:  
Serenade Op 1 by Samuel Barber OR
Elegy Op 58 by Edward Elgar
Concerto:  Concerto for Stan Getz by Bennett
Encore (not printed):  Girl from Ipanema by Jobim
 - intermission -
2nd Half work:  Artistic Director's choice

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About Anjan


Anjan Shah, most recently, is the owner of the business/marketing consulting firm Artsvue Marketing.  Over the past two years, he has worked with the State of Maryland’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) as a contract ‘Loaned Executive’ through their Executive Exchange Program.  In this capacity he has provided leadership, mentoring, and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs of three companies within the TEDCO portfolio identified for the accelerated success.  He has led marketing and technology development projects for each of these three companies utilizing state allocated funds over $500K successfully bringing each of these projects to completion on-time and on budget.

Anjan’s career began as a performing musician having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Saxophone from Michigan State University and a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois and won a position with the US Army Field Band right out of school.  While serving in the Army from 1990-1994, Anjan was the tenor saxophonist and a featured soloist with the band. During his tenure with the Field Band, he performed more than 670 concerts and conducted clinics and master classes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

After leaving the Army, Anjan worked as a freelancer with such musical luminaries as Phil Woods, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Tyzik, Marvin Hamlisch, Maureen McGovern, Michael Feinstein, Wynonna Judd, Ann Hampton Callaway, Sandy Duncan, Peter Nero, Jack Jones and the Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey orchestras. He has toured with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a US tour and he performs regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has recently toured with the orchestra through Spain, Italy, Slovenia and Austria under the direction of Maestro Yuri Temirkanov.

In 1991, he Co-founded the Capitol Quartet. Anjan and the members of this critically acclaimed saxophone quartet performed regularly with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids symphonies, Rochester & Erie philharmonics, and Long Beach, Springfield and Bay-Atlantic symphonies, among others. The quartet's three recordings, "American Sketches", "Anything Goes" and “DIG” earned high critical praise, leading American Record Guide to characterize Capitol Quartet as "...an ensemble that plays with luscious color and uninhibited verve."

After settling down with a family, Anjan pivoted from music focusing on stability earning an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland which helped his  transition into the world of corporate marketing.  For the past 20 years, he  has led marketing teams in multi-million dollar organizations directing large and small teams to optimal performance and exceptional corporate profits.

During these years, Anjan developed an extensive background in the non-musical side of the music industry specializing in marketing. He has worked in the marketing departments of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Borders Books and Music and led marketing teams for IKEA of North America and Music & Arts, a division of Guitar Center. He has been a marketing consultant for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Maryland Music Educators Association, Artra Artists, Summit Records and Arizona University Recordings.  His marketing agency, Artsvue Marketing, focuses on offering clients cost-effective solutions for their online marketing and communication needs.

He has been involved in every aspect of music industry, including: CD/video production and concert production, including contracting, marketing at local/regional/national levels, budgeting, concept development, graphic art production, recording/editing/mastering, producing, arranging, sales tracking and forecasting.

This project brings him back to his love of playing the saxophone and performance of important works written for the instrument by prolific composers such as Richard Rodney Bennett.


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