Tribute to Wayne Shorter

Mar 2024

Wayne Shorter is undoubtedly one of the most influential and revered figures in the history of jazz music. As a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, his contributions have left an indelible mark on the genre, shaping its evolution and inspiring countless musicians.

Born on August 25, 1933, in Newark, New Jersey, Shorter’s musical journey began at a young age. He honed his skills on the saxophone, drawing inspiration from the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Lester Young. His distinctive sound and innovative approach to improvisation quickly garnered attention, leading to collaborations with some of the most prominent figures in jazz, including Art Blakey, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock.

Shorter’s tenure with the iconic Miles Davis Quintet during the 1960s was particularly influential, as his compositions and improvisations helped redefine the boundaries of jazz. His compositions such as “Footprints” and “Nefertiti” became instant classics, showcasing his penchant for complex harmonies and adventurous melodies.

In the 1970s, Shorter co-founded the trailblazing fusion group Weather Report with keyboardist Joe Zawinul. Together, they pushed the boundaries of jazz even further, incorporating elements of funk, rock, and world music into their sound. Shorter’s compositions for Weather Report, such as “Birdland” and “Black Market,” became emblematic of the fusion era and solidified his status as a visionary composer.

Line up:

Jonas Nieuwejaers trp
Elias Nieuwejaers sax
Rune de groote drums
Miel de koninck piano
Sulav Maharjan doublebass