Wayne Shorter To Receive Beacons In Jazz Award


New School University’s Jazz & Contemporary Music Program will honor legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter in a gala evening March 12 at New York’s Supper Club.

The Beacons in Jazz awards gala raises scholarship money for students in the New School Jazz Program by recognizing living jazz musicians who have significantly contributed to the evolution of jazz. Past winners of the award include Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Max Roach and Milt Hinton.

Shorter is most recognized for his time spent with the Miles Davis’ quintet from 1964-‘70. Following his long and successful years with Davis, he co-founded Weather Report with Joe Zawinul. Shorter has also toured and recorded with jazz artists such as Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Tony Williams as the group V.S.O.P.

Through Shorter’s solo career and his work with Weather Report, he helped redefine the new hybrid of music that borrowed from a variety of forms, from jazz and rock, to classical and electronic.

For more information, go to www.newschool.edu.

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