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Release: Oct. 10, 2002

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Jazz Sax Legend Wayne Shorter Brings All-Star Quartet To Hancher

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter, for five decades one of the most important and influential figures in jazz, will bring his all-star quartet -- with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade -- to Hancher Auditorium for a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Patitucci, who has been a regular member of Chick Corea’s ensembles for many years and has also released a series of critically acclaimed solo CDs, will lead a clinic for small jazz ensembles at
10:30 a.m. the day of the concert in the Opera Rehearsal Room of the UI Voxman Music Building. The public is invited to observe, free of charge.

Shorter’s new quartet has already released “Footprint -- Live!” featuring new arrangements of several of his classic compositions, with other recording projects in the offing.

A BBC review concluded: “The three younger men are a powerhouse, and their energy brings out the best in Shorter. . . . Shorter reels off solo after solo that re-emphasize why he is special. His rather dry tone is instantly recognizable; his phrasing is uniquely his own, often unpredictable or quirky but with its own irrefutable logic when taken in context. Most importantly, Shorter is not just going through the motions; he is engaged, focused and at his most creative.”

Critic John Grace wrote, “‘Footprints -- Live!’ is a dynamic collection of frequent magic and inspired performance. The whole of the project is even greater than the sum of several superior parts. Wayne Shorter continues to inspire and lead fans, jazz and otherwise, to higher ground.” And Sam Pryer wrote, “Wayne Shorter is undoubtedly one of the great jazz composers and saxophonists of the last 60 years, and his band here is immaculately inspired. Playing rearranged versions of such Shorter classics as ‘Go,’ ‘Sanctuary,’ ‘JuJu,’ ‘Atlantis,’ ‘Masquelero’ and the title track, the trio of pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade mine the songs’ rich atmospheres, blistering rhythms and surreal moods with fiery solos and combustible group interplay.”

Early in his career, in the mid-‘50s, Shorter played with Horace Silver and Maynard Ferguson, but he first made his mark with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, topping downbeat’s “New Star Saxophonist” poll in 1962, and finished second in the composers’ competition only to Duke Ellington.

In the mid-60s he was asked to join the Miles Davis Quintet -- taking over the chair that had been held by John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and George Coleman -- contributing his solo voice and compositions to one of the most important ensembles in the history of acoustic jazz.

Shorter left Miles to form Weather Report, one of the world’s most popular jazz concert and recording ensembles, and the pioneer of jazz-rock-electronic-classical-world-music fusion. A new double CD of previously unreleased live recordings of Weather Report has just been released, prompting reviewer Ken Micallef to write, “Some 25 years later, Weather Report live remains a ferocious improvisational experience that is at turns elegant, reflective, bombastic, and, of course, virtuosic. . . a dizzying group that played its world-jazz loud, fast, and with unparalleled power and grace.”

And in the midst of Weather Report’s run of success, Shorter released a landmark solo recording, “Native Dancer,” introducing Brazilian vocalist Milton Naciemento to American jazz audiences. In the late ‘70s Shorter also teamed up with ex-Miles sidemen Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams to record and tour with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in the band V.S.O.P.

His rare talents and unique soprano sax sound made Shorter in demand in other musical forms as well, including featured roles in best-selling recordings and tours by Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana and Steely Dan, and the soundtracks for “‘Round Midnight,” “The Fugitive,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and other movies.

Beginning in 1969, Shorter topped the downbeat poll for soprano saxophone for 17 consecutive years.

Shorter enters the new millennium as a three-time Grammy Award winner, including an award for his mid-‘90s recording, “High Life,” bringing another new band to the forefront.

Tickets for Wayne Shorter are $30, $28 and $25 ($24 and $10 for UI students; $24, $22.40 and $20 for senior citizens; and half price for audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher’s website:< http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher >.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu>.

Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc., is the corporate sponsor of the Wayne Shorter performance through the University of Iowa Foundation..

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