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Wayne Shorter Legacy Celebration

Jan 03 - Jan 06
Miner Auditorium

While the legendary saxophonist recovers from an illness precluding travel, friends from his musical family will gather to celebrate the NEA Jazz Master's incredible body of work. Artists scheduled to perform include Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Kamasi Washington, Terence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Terrace Martin along with Shorter's longtime band Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, and John Patitucci.

Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter will be honored by an amazing array of his peers January 3-6 at SFJAZZ. While the 11-time GRAMMY winner and recent Kennedy Center Honors recipient recovers from an illness that precludes travel and his scheduled appearances in January, a wonderful group of his musical "family members" will perform music from his celebrated career along with Shorter's longtime band members. Artists scheduled to perform in various configurations throughout the four-day residency include Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Kamasi Washington, Terence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Terrace Martin along with Shorter's longtime band Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci.

Wayne Shorter will unfortunately not be in attendance for these performances.

Shorter's latest album, Emanon, is nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award, and he was recently the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor. He is currently at work on an opera with Esperanza Spalding set to premiere in 2020.

“The greatest living composer in jazz” (The New York Times), saxophonist Wayne Shorter returns with his masterful working quartet including pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Together, they celebrate the release of Shorter’s expansive new triple CD/LP Blue Note album and accompanying graphic novel, Emanon, which features live recordings and a studio session backed by the 34-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In a legendary career spanning more than half a century that included monumental memberships in Miles Davis’ iconic 1960s quintet and the fusion superband Weather Report in addition to an incomparable path as a leader, the NEA Jazz Master, 2015 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2018 Kennedy Center Honoree just keeps getting better and bolder.

Indeed, his longevity as a creative force isn’t as astounding as the fact that he’s spent the past decade leading his most prodigious and consequential band. At 84, Shorter often appears as the calm center of a roiling maelstrom, exulting in the improvisational lightning strikes emanating from Perez, Patitucci, and Blade, all virtuosos and bandleaders in their own right. Of course, the quartet is fueled by music from jazz’s most influential composer after Thelonious Monk, still keen to venture into uncharted territory. Shorter’s 2013 Blue Note album, Without a Net, was his first for the label in over four decades, netting a GRAMMY and DownBeat magazine Critics Poll wins for Jazz Album, Jazz Group, Soprano Saxophone and Jazz Artist of the Year. With the release of the Emanon, Shorter’s musical life continues its matchless trajectory, exploring new vistas as jazz’s greatest searcher.

Wayne Shorter, Jazz's Abstruse Elder, Isn't Done Innovating Yet (NY Times)

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Schedule

THU, JAN 3
Herbie Hancock piano & keyboards
Terence Blanchard trumpet
Terrace Martin alto saxophone & keyboards
Danilo Pérez piano
John Patitucci bass
Brian Blade drums

FRI, JAN 4
Branford Marsalis tenor saxophone
Terence Blanchard trumpet
Danilo Pérez piano
John Patitucci bass
Brian Blade drums

SAT, JAN 5
Kamasi Washington tenor saxophone
Terrace Martin alto saxophone & keyboards
Danilo Pérez piano
John Patitucci bass
Brian Blade drums

SUN, JAN 6
Joshua Redman tenor saxophone
Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet
Danilo Pérez piano
John Patitucci bass
Brian Blade drums

The saxophonist stands alone as jazz’s greatest living composer, though his influence is hardly confined to the jazz scene.

San Jose Mercury News

The saxophonist stands alone as jazz’s greatest living composer, though his influence is hardly confined to the jazz scene.

San Jose Mercury News

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