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Wayne Shorter

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Wayne Shorter
Shorter in 1977
Shorter in 1977
Background information
Born(1933-08-25)August 25, 1933
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedMarch 2, 2023(2023-03-02) (aged 89)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresModal jazz, crossover jazz, post-bop, hard bop, jazz fusion, third stream
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsTenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Years active1958–2021
LabelsBlue Note, Columbia, Verve
Formerly of

Wayne Shorter (August 25, 1933 – March 2, 2023) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

In the 1960s, he joined Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, and from there he co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report. He has recorded over 20 albums as a bandleader.

Shorter has won 11 Grammy Awards.[1] The New York Times called Shorter in 2008 as "probably jazz's greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser."[2]

In 2017, he was awarded the Polar Music Prize.[3] Shorter died in Los Angeles, California, on March 2, 2023, at the age of 89.[4][5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Past Winners Search for Wayne Shorter. GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  2. Ratliff, Ben. "Music Review: A Birthday Bash With a Harmonious Mix of Guests". The New York Times. December 3, 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  3. Chow, Andrew R. (February 7, 2017). "Sting and Wayne Shorter Win Polar Music Prize". New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. Chinen, Nate (March 2, 2023). "Wayne Shorter, Intrepid Saxophonist and Composer, Dies at 89". New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2023.
  5. Old Times, Winter / Spring 2012 – p. 12, UCC principal's son makes beautiful music, Nick Krewen[permanent dead link]
  6. Meade Sperry, Rod (March 2, 2023). "Remembering Wayne Shorter, Rogue Philosopher". Lion's Roar Magazine. Retrieved March 2, 2023.