WAYNE SHORTER (saxophonist, composer, bandleader) was born August 25, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. Shorter is regarded as one of the most influential jazz artists and composers of his generation. A graduate of New York University, he played with Horace Silver, Maynard Ferguson and in 1959 became an integral part of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers for five years, later its’ musical director. Joining Miles Davis Quintet in the 60s’, which included Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams he composed, among others, “Prince of Darkness”, “ESP” and “Footprints”. Shorter took up soprano saxophone in 1969, in 1970 forming the fusion group “Weather Report” with ex-Miles bandmate Joe Zawinul. The constantly evolving Shorter has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan and most recently, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade.