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PSU Jazz Band will perform the music of the late Wayne Shorter, one of the great jazz composers of our time.
Wayne Shorter was one of jazz's leading figures in the late 20th and early 21st centuries as a composer and saxophonist. Though indebted to John Coltrane, with whom he practiced in the mid-'50s, Shorter developed his voice and style on the tenor horn, retaining the tough tone quality and intensity and adding funk in later years. On Soprano, Shorter was almost another player entirely. His lovely tone attuned more to lyrical thoughts, his choice of notes more spare. As a composer, he wrote complex, long-limbed tunes, many of which are now standards. The composer and the saxophone stylist met on his '60s albums for Blue Note, most notably Juju and Night Dreamer. He co-founded Weather Report in 1970 and, through 1986, released Grammy-winning albums. He issued jazz-funk recordings for Columbia and Verve in the late '80s and early '90s, including Joy Ryder and High Life. On 2002's Footprints Live!, and 2003's Alegria, Shorter showcased a new acoustic quartet dedicated to performing his compositions. As he entered his eighties, Shorter focused on impressively complex projects, including 2018's Emanon, a graphic novel combined with a four-part studio suite and 2021's opera based on Greek myths titled Iphigenia.