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Considered the most important living composer in jazz, saxophonist Wayne Shorter makes his Edmonton International Jazz Festival debut June 24 at the Winspear Centre. Tickets, on sale February 15, are $49.55 to $70.55 (plus service fees) available at the Winspear Centre Box Office, (780) 428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com..
Regarded as one of the most significant and prolific performers and composers in jazz and modern music, Wayne Shorter has received substantial recognition from his peers, including six Grammy Awards and 13 nominations.
In 1964, Miles Davis invited Wayne to go on the road with his band which included Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Ron Carter. He stayed with Davis for six years, recording a dozen albums with him. In 1970, he formed Weather Report with Joe Zawinul and Miroslav Vitous. With the 1985 release of his solo album Atlantis, the New York Times called him "one of the most significant composers and individual saxophonists in jazz." By the summer of 2001, Wayne began touring as the leader of a talented young line up featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, each a celebrated recording artist and bandleader in his own right. The group’s uncanny chemistry was well documented on 2002’s acclaimed Footprints Live!
With Alegria, an expanded vision for large ensemble, Shorter won a 2003 Grammy Award. In 2005, Shorter released the live album Beyond the Sound Barrier, which earned him an additional Grammy. Shorter marked another musical milestone in 2007 by pairing up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, and a handful of the world’s best symphony orchestras to unveil his new symphonic repertoire, including striking re-workings of earlier compositions and newly composed material.
The 2012 Edmonton International Jazz Festival runs June 22 – July 1 in venues throughout Edmonton. Further festival details are forthcoming. For more information about the EIJF, please visit www.edmontonjazz.com
Liz Lepper, Bottom Line Productions