Tribute to Legendary Jazz Saxophonist Wayne Shorter at Cal State L.A.
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The Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Cal State L.A. will present the Luckman Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, Jan. 24, 8:00 p.m., celebrating the work of Wayne Shorter. Grammy Award-winner Wayne Shorter is universally regarded as a living legend in jazz. Shorter’s signature sound, unparalleled expression on both tenor and soprano saxophone along with his great body of work as a composer has set him apart in this musical genre. The Luckman Jazz Orchestra and conductor Charles Owens continue a season-long series of tributes to legends of jazz with this one night event.
Shorter’s career spans nearly thirty-five years, having worked with many of history’s indisputable giants of music. Born August 25, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, Shorter’s love of music was encouraged by his father who started him on the saxophone as a teenager. Shorter went to Arts High School and later graduated from New York University. It was during his five years with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers that established Shorter as the newcomer to watch. After cutting nine albums for Blue Note in the early sixties, Miles Davis invited Shorter to go on the road with his band that included Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams.
Through his solo career, Shorter helped define a new hybrid of music that borrowed from a variety of forms, from jazz and rock to classical and electronic. His intermingling of the popular and progressive forms earned Shorter a reputation as both a daring bandleader and one of the most noteworthy jazz minds.
In existence since 2001, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra boasts some of the finest professional jazz musicians in Los Angeles. Musicians scheduled to perform on Jan. 24th are Charles Owens, conductor, tenor and soprano saxophone; Lanny Hartley, piano; Alphonse Mouzon, drums; Trevor Ware, bass; Alberto Salas, percussion; Winston Byrd, first trumpet; Jumaane Smith, second trumpet; James Ford, third trumpet; Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, fourth trumpet; Brian Swartz, fifth trumpet; George McMullen, first trombone; Jacques Voyemant, second trombone; Phil Ranelin, third trombone; William Roper, Tuba; Lee Secard, alto saxophone; Dereck McLyn, second alto saxophone; Bennie Maupin, first tenor saxophone; Fred Jackson, second tenor saxophone; and Jack Nimitz, baritone saxophone.
Programming for the evening features compositions from Shorter including “Armageddon,” “Speak No Evil,” " Contemplation," “This Is For Albert,” “Pinocchio,” “Mayako,” “Black Nile,” “Nefertiti,” “Virgo,” and “One by One.”