? the greatest living composer in jazz, and one of its greatest saxophonists? ? The New York Times
The Wayne Shorter Quartet headlines the 2014 UNC Jazz Festival. Multiple Grammy Award-winner Shorter has played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, and many of his compositions have become standards.
This is Shorter’s 80th birthday tour and his quartet features jazz greats Danilo Perez, John Patituci and Brian Blade. Please click on the Program Book Notes, below, to check out their bios.
Shorter first came to wide prominence in the late 1950s as a member of and the primary composer for Art Blakey?s Jazz Messengers. In the ?60s, he joined Miles Davis? Second Great Quintet, with Herbie Hancock. The Second Great Quintet is frequently cited by musicians and critics as one of the most influential groups in the history of jazz, and Shorter?s compositions are a primary reason.
In the ?70s, Shorter co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report?one of the earliest pre-eminent jazz fusion bands?with Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul. This year, he makes his triumphant return to Blue Note Records after 43 years.
Program to be announced from the stage
Stephen Anderson?s compositions have been performed widely by American jazz ensembles, and he continues to be an active jazz instructor, clinician, and performer at UNC and throughout the world. Join Prof. Anderson for an exciting lecture-demonstration on the music of Wayne Shorter, immediately preceding the evening?s performance of the Wayne Shorter Quartet in Memorial Hall.