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Wayne Shorter

American jazz saxophonist and composer (1933–2023)

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Born 25 August 1933 in Newark
Died 2 March 2023 in Los Angeles
Age 89 years, 7 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation composer, saxophonist and jazz musician
Instrument saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship and NEA Jazz Masters
Genre jazz, modal jazz, crossover, post-bop, jazz fusion and bebop
Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Educated at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Newark Arts High School
Field of work jazz, saxophone, saxophone performance, musical composition and music

About Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter was a jazz saxophonist and composer who left an indelible mark on the genre. Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Shorter began playing the saxophone at an early age and quickly became known for his virtuosic skills.

Shorter first gained fame as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the late 1950s. He then went on to play with Miles Davis, where he helped shape the sound of Davis' groundbreaking albums "Miles Smiles" and "Nefertiti."

In the 1960s, Shorter formed the jazz fusion group Weather Report with keyboardist Joe Zawinul. The group's innovative sound, which blended jazz, rock, and world music, made them one of the most influential bands of the era.

Throughout his career, Shorter continued to push the boundaries of jazz, experimenting with new sounds and styles. He was known for his complex compositions and improvisational skills, which earned him numerous accolades, including 10 Grammy Awards.

Shorter passed away in 2023 at the age of 89, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.


- "Wayne Shorter, Jazz Saxophonist and Composer, Dies at 89" - The New York Times

- "Wayne Shorter: The Jazz Master at 80" - Rolling Stone

- "Wayne Shorter: The Musician Who Changed Jazz" - NPR

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