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Wayne Shorter performs during the Marciac Jazz festival in southern France in 2005. Two recent tribute projects each aim to capture the wandering spirit of the late saxophonist. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wayne Shorter, photographed during a live performance at the Town & Country Club in London in April 1987. Fin Costello/Redferns hide caption

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Wayne Shorter, photographed in 1985. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Wayne Shorter, sage of the saxophone, dies at 89

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Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the first presentation of a work by a Black composer in the Met Opera's 138-year history. Ken Howard/Met Opera hide caption

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Iphigenia, played by esperanza spalding, prepares for her sacrifice. From Wayne Shorter and spalding's opera, ...(Iphigenia). Jon Fine/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter with a page from his ...(Iphigenia) score. Jeff Tang/Courtesy of Real Magic hide caption

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Wayne Shorter's operatic dream comes true, brought to life with Esperanza Spalding

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Mary Halvorson's volatile and cagey album Code Girl is her first set full of songs with lyrics, both a departure from and extension of her earlier work and one of Nate Chinen's favorite albums of 2018. Ross Mantle for NPR hide caption

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Wayne Shorter, photographed in 2014. The famed saxophonist's ambitious new project, Emanon -- encompassing three discs of interweaving jazz explorations and orchestral arrangements, with an accompanying graphic novel — was released Sep. 14, 2018. NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Jazz musician Wayne Shorter performs on the stage of the 51st edition of "Jazz a Juan" a Jazz music festival on July 15, 2011 in Juan-les-Pins, Antibes. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Miles Davis poses at the side of stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Songs We Love: Miles Davis Quintet, 'Gingerbread Boy' (Live At Newport)

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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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