Media Release 14 May 2014
Living Legend of Jazz Wayne Shorter to perform with Quartet at the National Concert HallUniversally regarded as a living legend in jazz, saxophonist Wayne Shorter will make a rare appearance at the National Concert Hall with his quartet of pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade to give a unique performance on Saturday 14th of June as part of the National Concert Hall’s Perspectives Series 2014.
The celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader and sideman in the Miles Davis 1960s quintet, who turned 80 last year, has over the course of career received six Grammy Awards® and 13 other Grammy® nominations in addition to receiving the prestigious Jazz Master Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Billboard described him as "An intrepid astronaut navigating the musical cosmos... “With NPR citing him as “One of the few jazz musicians who can without a doubt be called a living legend.”
He made his triumphant return to Blue Note Records after 43 years with the release in 2013 of Without a Net, his new album with his long-running Quartet. It features six new compositions by Shorter, as well as new versions of his tunes Orbits (from Miles Davis’ Miles Smiles album) and Plaza Real (from the Weather Report album Procession). The quartet also reinvents the title song from the 1933 musical film Flying Down To Rio, which features the first on-screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers!. The recording netted Shorter 2013 DownBeat magazine Critics Poll wins for Jazz Album, Jazz Group, Soprano Saxophone and Jazz Artist of the Year, as well as a GRAMMY for Best Improvised Solo on Orbits.
Shorter, who first recorded for Blue Note in 1959 as a 26-year-old tenor saxophonist in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, went on to make a spectacular run of classic albums for the label between 1964-1970 including Night Dreamer, Juju, Speak No Evil, Adam’s Apple, Schizophrenia, and Super Nova during a period of time that also paralleled Shorter’s years with Miles Davis, first as a member of the trumpeter’s trailblazing quintet, and later as a part of Davis’ early fusion masterpieces.
By 2001, Wayne began touring as the leader of a talented young line-up featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, each a celebrated recording artist and bandleader in his own right. The group’s chemistry was documented on 2002’s acclaimed Footprints Live!. That was followed with the ambitious Alegria, (2003) and live Beyond the Sound Barrier (2005), both of which earned him a Grammy Award.
His great body of work as a composer for such illustrious groups as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis’ famous mid-’60s quintet and fusion supergroup Weather Report is enough to ensure him a spot in the Jazz Hall of Fame.
Perspectives 2014 is supported by Independent Newspapers and Today FM.
Wayne Shorter Quartet at the National Concert Hall as part of Perspectives 2014
Saturday 14 June 2014, 8pm
Tickets: €25, €35, €40, €45
20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall
10% discount for concessions and groups of 10 or more.
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie
For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.