Saxophonist Wayne Shorter passed away in March 2023. He leaves behind him a long and successful career as a musician and composer. Wayne Shorter was, during his lifetime, one of the most appreciated and productive musicians of the jazz genre.
After finishing his music studies, Wayne Shorter established himself in New York. From 1959-1964, his playing and compositions for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers revitalized and inspired the type of jazz that came to be known as Hard Bop. In 1964-1970 he played in the Miles Davis Quintet and here too, he contributed in a similar way to that band’s renewal. This was then followed by a 16-year collaboration with Joe Zawinul in the band Weather Report, a band which was definitely one of the genre’s most advanced bands of the time. In 1959, Shorter began producing music in his own name, ending up with a total of around 25 albums by the time of his death. The recordings he made for Blue Note Records featured musicians such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams, and several of his compositions have become part of jazz’s international repertoire.
Until his passing, his quartet with Daniel Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade was a popular constellation with a style built on his original and somewhat unconventional compositions.
This evening, musicians from the Swedish jazz elite pay tribute to the musical giant Wayne Shorter with a concert that offers music from Shorter’s own recordings as well as the compositions he wrote for Jazz Messengers and Miles.
Ulf Adåker trumpet, flugelhorn,
Robert Nordmark tenor saxophone,
Amanda Sedgwick alto saxophone,
Daniel Tilling piano,
Filip Augustson bass,
Rasmus Blixt drums