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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 Coreas 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.
Shorters 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 Blakeys Jazz
Messengers, topping downbeats New Star Saxophonist poll
in 1962, and finished second in the composers competition only to Duke
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 worlds 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 Reports 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
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.
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Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc., is the corporate sponsor of the Wayne Shorter
performance through the University of Iowa Foundation..
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