Concerto for Clarinet (Shaw)

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The Concerto for Clarinet is a composition for clarinet and jazz orchestra by Artie Shaw. The piece ends with a "legendary" altissimo C,[1] the piece is a "pastiche thrown together out of some boogie-woogie blues, clarinet-over-tomtom interludes, a commonplace riff build-up towards the end, all encased in opening and closing virtuoso cadenzas for the leader's clarinet".[2]

The composer and his orchestra performed the work in the Fred Astaire film Second Chorus (1940), a film biography of Shaw.[2]

Harry James recorded a version in 1955 on his album Jazz Session (Columbia CL 669).


  1. ^ Hoeprich, Eric (2008). The Clarinet. Yale University Press. p. 311. 
  2. ^ a b Schuller, Gunther (1991). The History of Jazz. 2. Oxford University Press. p. 705.