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Wayne Shorter

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Wayne Shorter.

Wayne Shorter.
Courtesy of Verve Music Group

Wayne Shorter.

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Concerts

Wayne Shorter performs with Herbie Hancock at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

August 4, 2013 One of the most influential jazz composers of all time was joined by his quartet and an old friend.

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October 4, 2007 Herbie Hancock celebrates the school that offers musicians college-level training from the masters.

Interviews & Profiles

Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net.

February 2, 2013 The 79-year-old saxophonist and composer discusses his new album Without a Net.

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Wayne Shorter performs with his quartet at the 2008 Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival in Basque Country, Spain.

February 7, 2011 The saxophonist and composer tends to inspire reverence. Biographer Michelle Mercer explains.

Discover Songs

Vespertine 4:3

November 24, 2009 See some of our favorite albums that didn't make the final 50 most important recordings list.

The cover of Nefertiti

August 1, 2001 Nefertiti captures one of Miles Davis' last great bands at its height.

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News

Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin.

December 18, 2013 In a year of '60s retrospection, jazz critics lauded an 80-year-old who first recorded in 1959.

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The cover of Nefertiti

August 1, 2001 Nefertiti captures one of Miles Davis' last great bands at its height.

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The cover of Speak No Evil

August 1, 2001 This album captures the partnership of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter during an important time.

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The cover of Heavy Weather

August 1, 2001 Weather Report's Heavy Weather mixes acoustic and electronic jazz with Afro-Cuban Santeria rhythm.

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More Stories

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December 18, 2013 We asked 137 journalists to pick their favorite new albums. Here are their collective top 10 picks.

Wayne Shorter's new album, Without a Net, comes out Feb. 5.

January 27, 2013 The live album features six new tunes from one of jazz's greatest living composers and legends.

Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures.

June 25, 2012 Bassist Matt Ulery picks some of his favorite mergers of classical and folk music with the blues.

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October 27, 2008 Halloween may have a new rhythm as you get older, but some of the best ear candy hasn't changed.

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October 16, 2008 Make the best of your work environment: Plug in some headphones and take a jazz adventure.

August 3, 2009 When it comes to prolific artists like Art Blakey, it can be easy to overlook a classic. Blakey ...

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  • Label: Verve
  • Released: 2002
 

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