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My Summer in Italy

Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter’s arrival at the Hollywood Bowl in early August marked a significant milestone for the great saxist, on many levels. A 70th-birthday extravaganza, billed “Wayne Shorter: Life and Music,” this was his debut in the huge venue, an acknowledgement of his importance in history and at this moment. His last two albums-Footprints Live! and Alegría-have cemented his role as one of the greatest living treasures in jazz.

On another level, the Bowl show was also a quasi-homecoming: Shorter was one of the few internationally known jazz musicians who called Los Angeles home (for more than 20 years), up until his move to Florida two years ago. Catching Shorter blowing and reflecting on the big legendary stage, with his acclaimed quartet, in duet with Herbie Hancock and with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra-and before a 9,000-strong crowd-was reason enough to make this a must-see event.

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