Jazz legend Wayne Shorter accepts the applause of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra during a retrospective of his music in May. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Wayne's World: Wayne Shorter With The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra
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Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin. Robert Ashcroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wayne Shorter performs with Herbie Hancock at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net. Robert Ascroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'
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Wayne Shorter's new album, Without a Net, comes out Feb. 5. Robert Ascroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Without A Net
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Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures. Thomas Dorn/Verve Records hide caption

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Wayne Shorter performs with his quartet at the 2008 Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival in Basque Country, Spain. Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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