Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter is celebrating his 80th birthday by touring with a quartet including Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade, in conjunction with Shorter's new record Without A Net. They appear at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University downtown on Saturday, April 5.
Jay Edwards, jazz educator and host of Jazz Tones on WCLK, recently spoke with Shorter in advance of the upcoming performance. "In order to understand Wayne Shorter as a person I had to draw on his book The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter by Michele Mercer. Listening to him as musician since the sixties and speaking to him merged both worlds into one."
"Not only has Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter left his footprints on our musical terrain,he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination." -Michelle Mercer.
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Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter’s journey through jazz, as angular and unconventional as his playing style, has led him everywhere from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Weather Report with Miles Davis to six GRAMMY Awards and honorary Doctorates from New York University and the Berklee College of Music. To see the man The New York Times calls “the most important living composer in jazz” play on the Rialto stage is a truly special opportunity to experience a legend in his groove.
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