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Wayne Shorter, GRAMMY-Winning Jazz Saxophonist and Composer, Dead at 89

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his 13th GRAMMY. He was 89.In a statement released by Shorter's reps, the musician died on Thursday in Los Angeles surrounded by his loving family.The last few years of Shorter's life were filled with creativity, including the realization of his opera, , written in collaboration with Esperanza Spalding, which played to widespread critical acclaim across the country in 2020, and the 2018 release of his GRAMMY-winning triple album and graphic novel, .Born in 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, Shorter had a career that spanned six decades.

He first rose to fame in 1959 when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers under Blue Note Records, transforming the group into a modern jazz ensemble, with compositions including «Lester Left Town,» «Children of the Night,» and «Free for All.» Shorter was eventually signed to his own record deal under Blue Note, releasing a series of classic albums for the label between 1964-1970 including,,,, and .

This time period also paralleled Shorter’s years with Miles Davis, first as a member of the trumpeter’s trailblazing quintet with Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, and later, as a part of Davis’ early fusion masterpieces.

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