Wayne Shorter is turning 80 in 2013. And the legendary jazz saxophonist plans on celebrating it in style at the Montreal Jazz Festival's 34th edition, a man who elicits praise from the genre's greatest, from Miles Davis who included him in his “Second Great Quintet,” to fellow quintet member Herbie Hancock who said of Shorter in Miles: The Autobiography
, “the master writer to me, in that group, was Wayne Shorter. He still is a master. Wayne was one of the few people who brought music to Miles that didn't get changed.”
And he'll be bringing that music for up to three hours with a little from his friends, notably Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas of the Sound Prints Quintet followed by a trio featuring Geri Allen, Teri Lyne Carrington and the lauded Esperanza Spalding. Wayne Shorter and friends perform June 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Place des Arts' Théâtre Maisonneuve. Admission $76.50 to $93.50. Buy tickets.
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