Wayne Shorter

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Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Nnenna Freelon with several young students of the Ho Chi Minh City conservatory of music.
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Wayne Shorter Quartet with Jason Moran at Umbria Jazz Melbourne 05
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L to R: Wayne Shorter, Andre Hayward, Marshall Gilkes, Karin Harris, Noah Bless, David Gibson and Herbie Hancock
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Wayne Shorter, Verve Recording Session, New York, 1996
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(L to R): Danilo Perez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
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Wayne Shorter, Detroit 2000
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Wayne Shorter and David Bowie after receiving doctorates at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, 1999
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Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter
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Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter
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Wayne Shorter in performance with his quartet at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Wayne Shorter and John Patitucci in interview session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Wayne Shorter in interview session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Wayne Shorter at Umbria Jazz 2014
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Herbie Hancock (left) and Wayne Shorter at Umbria Jazz 2014
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One of the most original of all jazz musicians, whether as a tenor and soprano saxophonist or as a composer, Wayne Shorter has always used his own fresh ideas to create new music that is unpredictable but ultimately logical. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1933, Shorter started off on the clarinet when he was 16, soon switching to tenor. He graduated from New York University in 1956 and was briefly with Horace Silver before being drafted. After two years in the Army, he had a short stint with Maynard Ferguson’s big band, meeting Joe Zawinul (who was playing piano with Ferguson) for the first time. As a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers during 1959-63, Shorter played opposite both Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, contributed originals, and became the band’s musical director. While inspired by John Coltrane, Shorter always had his own sound, which became more original as the 1960s progressed. He led a few albums for Vee Jay and cut several classics for Blue Note, including Night Dreamer, JuJu, Speak No Evil, The Soothsayer, Et Cetera, The All Seeing Eye, Adam’s Apple, Schizophrenia and Super Nova. Miles Davis, a fan of Shorter’s since the early 1960s, tried to lure him from the Jazz Messengers for several years. In September 1964, Shorter finally joined the Miles Davis Quintet, staying six years and making history with the group. His originals, which appeared on Davis’ studio records, helped push the trumpeter in a new direction, particularly such numbers as “E.S.P.,” “Pinocchio,” “Nefertiti” and “Footprints.” Shorter began doubling on soprano sax in late 1968, which fit very well with Davis’ music as it evolved from a nearly avant-garde version of postbop into early fusion. Shorter left Davis in 1970 to join Joe Zawinul as co-leader of Weather Report. While his role with the band eventually became secondary to Zawinul’s, Shorter’s sounds on soprano and tenor were indispensable to the group’s success. While he did not record much as a leader during this era, Shorter’s Native Dancer matched him effectively with Milton Nascimento on modern Brazilian music. He also played with V.S.O.P. in the late 1970s which was a reunion with the Miles Davis mid-1960s rhythm section and Freddie Hubbard. After leaving Weather Report in 1985, Shorter had a lower profile for a time but has been more active since the mid-1990s. Wayne Shorter recorded duets with Herbie Hancock, guested with various all-stars and in recent times led an impressive quartet with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade.

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Articles on Wayne Shorter

09/26/13    Features    By Evan Haga

Wayne Shorter Headlines His Own Birthday Party

09/15/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

D.C. Premiere of Wayne Shorter’s “Gaia” on Sept. 26

09/05/13    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Concert Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Hollywood Bowl, 8-28-13

08/06/13    Concerts    By Giovanni Russonello

Newport Jazz Festival 2013

08/01/13    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Wallace Roney Premieres Wayne Shorter’s Long-Lost “Universe”

07/01/13    Photos    By Greg Aiello

Photo Gallery: Wayne Shorter at Town Hall, NYC, June 28

04/24/13    Video Log    By JazzTimes

Joe Lovano Interviews Wayne Shorter

04/11/13    Features    By Jeff Tamarkin

Blue Note's Don Was on Re-Signing Wayne Shorter

04/10/13    Features    By Renee Rosnes

A Conversation with the Wayne Shorter Quartet

03/11/13    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Without a Net
Wayne Shorter Quartet

02/15/13    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Concert Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet and the LA Phil, 2-9-13

02/03/13    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 2/1/13

01/14/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter Named UCLA Professors

12/31/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Wayne Shorter to Join Orpheus Chamber Orch. for Carnegie Hall Date

11/01/12    In Person    By Lee Mergner

Joe Lovano on the Music of Wayne Shorter & More

10/23/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Wayne Shorter Re-Signs with Blue Note After 43-Year Gap

10/18/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Wayne Shorter to Play in L.A. Saturday

09/03/12    Photos    By Marek Lazarski

Photos from the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival

08/24/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Hancock, Shorter, Santana and Others to Celebrate Peace at Hollywood Bowl

07/26/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Blue Note Releases Six Classics in High Definition Audio

06/30/12    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Stefon Harris, Stanley Clarke & Wayne Shorter: In Performance at the 2012 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

06/27/12    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Preview of 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival

06/14/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Wayne Shorter to Be Honored by L.A. Jazz Society

06/05/12    Artist's Choice    By David Weiss

Artist's Choice: David Weiss on Wayne Shorter

02/15/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

TD Vancouver Int’l Jazz Festival Announces Major Headliners

01/15/12    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

2011: The Year in Gigs

11/09/11    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Skopje Jazz Festival, October 20-24, 2011

10/20/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Live 1983 Weather Report Concert Released Next Week

08/11/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz Tribute to Joni Mitchell Coming to Hollywood Bowl

07/23/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

San Francisco Jazz Festival to Feature Shorter, Jamal, Tyner

07/22/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Miles Davis Boxed Set from 1967 Shows Due

04/24/11    News    By Jason Rabin

Danilo Pérez Brings Wayne Shorter to Berklee Global Jazz Summit

04/30/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New England Conservatory Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Jazz Studies

04/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Documentary Explores Contemporary Jazz

April 2009    DVDs    By Bill Meredith

Live at Montreux 1996
Wayne Shorter

Advertising    By JazzTimes

June 2009 Editorial and Advertising Highlights

03/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Montréal Jazz Festival Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

12/12/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Wayne Shorter's 75th Birthday Celebration

10/02/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival

09/25/08    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Tudo É Jazz Festival

September 2008    Photos    By

Icons & Innovators

08/25/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

JVC Jazz Festival - Newport

January/February 2008    News    By Don Heckman

20th Annual Thelonious Monk Competition: In Walked Brass

May 2007    Albums    By Bill Meredith

Live at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival
Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter

October 2006    News    By Bill Milkowski

Weather Report: Conditions Clear for Box Set

08/07/06    Concerts    By Geraldine Wyckoff

McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders & Kenny Garrett

07/19/06    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz 06

May 2006    News    By Tad Hendrickson

In Name Only? Jazz Labels Venture Outside the Genre

May 2006    News    By Michael Kabran

Granny Grammys: The Old Guard Won Again

January/February 2006    Top 50 CDs of 2005    By

Beyond the Sound Barrier
Wayne Shorter Quartet

January/February 2006    DVDs    By Lewis Porter

The Manhattan Project
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January/February 2006    Top 50 CDs of 2005    By

Beyond the Sound Barrier
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January/February 2006    Features    By

Year in Review: Highs & Lows

January/February 2006    DVDs    By Doug Ramsey

Power of Three
Michel Petrucciani

09/21/05    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition

September 2005    Features    By

50 LPs from 35 Years of JazzTimes, Part III

06/19/05    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Wayne Shorter Quartet & Dave Holland Quintet in New York

June 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Beyond the Sound Barrier
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June 2005    Artist Profiles    By Bill Milkowski

Wayne Shorter: Still Smilin' Through

June 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Beyond the Sound Barrier
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June 2005    Features    By Joshua Redman

Sonny Rollins Interviewed by Joshua Redman: Newk's Time

05/17/05    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz Melbourne 05

January/February 2005    Books    By Aaron Steinberg

Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter
Michelle Mercer

January/February 2005    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

09/16/04    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

25th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition

January/February 2004    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

Don't Forget to Write

January/February 2004    Features    By

Highs and Lows 2003

08/08/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Wayne Shorter Live in LA

07/08/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Jazz A Vienne 2003

May 2003    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Alegria
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10/29/02    Concerts    By Bill Shoemaker

San Francisco Jazz Festival 2002

10/26/02    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

June 2002    Features    By Ashley Kahn

Wayne Shorter: Face of the Deep

June 2002    Features    By Ashley Kahn

Wayne Shorter: Face of the Deep

12/07/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

"Made In America": An All-Star Jazz Benefit

07/03/01    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

2001 Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastian Jazz Festivals

September 1997    Features    By Josef Woodard

Hancock and Shorter: Two Divided by One

Albums

Wayning Moments

The All Seeing Eye

Blue Note Records

Introducing Wayne Shorter

E1 Music

Footprints Live!

Verve

The Classic Blue Note Recordings

Blue Note Records
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Alegria

Verve

Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter

Columbia Jazz
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Beyond the Sound Barrier

Verve

Beyond the Sound Barrier

Verve

Night Dreamer

Blue Note Records
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Live at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival

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