Wayne Shorter Born in 1933
For her album Day Breaks, Norah Jones was accompanied by jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who is “one of [her] idols”.
To discover Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter is a major figure in contemporary jazz. In his various groups and as a soloist, the saxophonist and composer played a big role in updating jazz, supporting the movement toward eclectic jazz rock that blends influences from classical music, electronic music, pop and African roots.
In 1964, in particular, he joined the quintet of trumpeter Miles Davis (with Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums), in which he would become a mainstay, composing various pieces before founding Weather Report, a 15-year group that enjoyed great success, especially with the album Heavy Weather (1977), which went gold.
Today, Wayne Shorter is playing in an acoustic quartet founded in 2000, with Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums, these last two also having participated in the recording of Jones’s album Day Breaks (2016). In 2004, the quartet won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album for Alegria