The well-known saxophonist Wayne Shorter passed away at the age of 89, according to Rolling Stone. The devastating news was confirmed in a statement by Shorter’s team.
The statement reads, “Visionary composer, saxophonist, visual artist, ardent Buddhist, dedicated husband, father, and grandfather Wayne Shorter died at 89, leaving the world as we know it and starting a new adventure as part of his great life.
“His cherished family in Los Angeles was by his side when he passed away. ”.
The tragic news has not yet received a response from Shorter’s family. Herbie Hancock, a friend and fellow musician of Shorter, paid a moving tribute to the late superstar on Twitter.
Hancock posted on Twitter, saying, “My dearest friend, Wayne Shorter, left us with courage in his heart, love, compassion for humanity, and a longing spirit for the everlasting future.
The musician also praised Shorter for his “great qualities as a saxophonist, composer, orchestrator, and recently, composer of the magnificent opera.”. ”.
He continued, “His amazing Wayne-isms and being around him make me miss him, but his soul lives on in my heart. ”.
Sadly, Shorter has now added his name to the growing list of famous people who passed away in 2023. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Shorter regularly collaborated with Miles Davis and many other avant-garde jazz musicians, leaving a lasting artistic legacy.
Over 70 years of his long and accomplished career were spent by Wayne Shorter. Shorter’s professional career began in 1956 when he was hired as a saxophonist by the Horace Silver Quintet.
Two years later, when he joined the Jazz Messengers, a jazz-fusion band started by Art Blakey, the Jazz Messengers’ regular drummer, Shorter got his big break. In comparison to other saxophonists at the time, Shorter produced a tone that was rich and melodic.
But some of Shorter’s most incredible duets were inspired by his friendship with Miles Davis. The songs “Footprints,” “Nefertiti,” and “Prince of Darkness” were written by Shorter, who also played the saxophone for Davis.
Shorter would forge his own path, engaging in a variety of musical collaborations and solo projects. 23 Grammy nominations and 12 victories were made during Shorter’s career.
He also received compensation for his efforts. Shorter received his final Grammy in February 2023 for “Best Improvised Jazz Solo,” a prize he shared with soloist Leo Genovese for the song “Endangered Species.”. ”.
Shorter is survived by his wife, Carolina Dos Santos, and one child, Mikako Shorter, for whom he wrote the song “Miyako.”.