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The Wayne Shorter Quartet is a spectacular group led by one of the most famous artists in American jazz music, who has been active since 1958. Wayne Shorter is a saxophonist and composer, who plays the tenor and soprano saxophone and is known for music that marries various blends of jazz, including modal, crossover and fusion, with hard bop, post–bop and third stream. From Newark, New Jersey, he is today a living legend, one many buy Wayne Shorter Quartet tickets for well before any of his concerts take place.

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Wayne Shorter has been active since 1958 and has released music through such record labels as Columbia Records, Blue Note and Verve Records. He has played with such artists and groups as Art Blakey, Weather Report, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and John Pattitucci. He has been described by the New York Times as ‘jazz’s greatest living composer’, a fact that many acknowledge today. Many songs he has composed have gone on to become jazz standards, leading to international fame as well as many awards, including several Grammy Awards. Today, he performs all over the US with the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
Wayne Shorter, the greatest composer in jazz, rose to fame as a member and main composer of Jazz Messengers, an Art Blakey group during the fifties. In the sixties, he joined the Second Great Quintet, formed by Miles Davis, with whom he performed and composed great jazz music. He then went on to start the Weather Report, a famous jazz fusion band, as the co–founder. To date, he has recorded twenty mind blowing albums and continues to record more fabulous music with the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
He grew fond of music from a young age, with his father encouraging him to play the saxophone. He went on to study at the New York University and then joined the US Army, playing music at the same time with the likes of Horace Silver. After the US Army, he went on to play with Maynard Ferguson and in 1959, played with Art Blakey for five years, becoming the musical director of the band. Miles Davis then persuaded him to join his group, after John Coltrane left, and after John Coltrane had recommended him. By that time, many were buying up cheap Wayne Shorter Quartet tickets for his concerts.
He then joined the Second Great Quintet, a group recognized today as one of the most influential groups in jazz music. He went on to compose a large number of songs, with Herbie Hancock, referring to his days in the group, calling him a ‘master writer’ and stating that ‘he is still a master’. Miles Davis has also praised his work repeatedly, emphasizing his musical creativity. He also recorded a number of solo albums for Blue Note Records, featuring his own songs and performing with such groups and artists as Freddie Hubbard. He recorded nine albums for the label, of which the first featured Lee Morgan, Reggie Workman, McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. Some of his best albums were Speak No Evil, The All Seeing Eye, Adam’s Apple, Schizophrenia and JuJu.
In 1970, he founded the Weather Report with Joe Zawinul, Miles Davis’ keyboardist. Members of the group included bassist Miroslav Vitous, drummer Alphonse Mouzon, percussionist Airto Moreira and bassist Jaco Pastorius. He would also go on to perform with many other artists, including appearing on ten Joni Mitchell albums.
He founded the Wayne Shorter Quartet whose first members were drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist Danilo Perez. The group plays his composed music, including music as far as back as the fifties, and has released two live albums which has won several awards. The quartet has also worked on his 2003 album, dubbed Alegria, the first to be released after ten years. He has won many awards including the Down Beat Poll Winner and New Start Saxophonist, the Miles Davis Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the NEA Jazz Masters, the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Award, a Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music and nine amazing Grammy Awards. He is a jazz legend to catch live so get ready to enjoy his amazing concert.