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The Tragic Death Of Saxophonist Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter enjoyed a long, illustrious career that ran over 70 years. Shorter first got his professional start in 1956, as a saxophonist for the Horace Silver Quintet. However,

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Shorter’s big break came two years later after he joined the Jazz Messengers, a jazz-fusion band founded by Art Blakey, the group’s resident drummer. Shorter cultivated a rich, mellifluous sound that was unique to saxophonists at the time. However, some of Shorter’s most notable collaborations came from his work with Miles Davis. During his tenure with Davis, Shorter worked as a saxophonist and a songwriter, taking part in hits such as “Footprints,” “Nefertiti,” and “Prince of Darkness.”

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From there, Shorter eventually forged his own path and pursued other musical collaborations in addition to his solo music. During the course of his career, Shorter took home 12 Grammy awards against 23 nominations. Despite Shorter’s long, highly decorated career, he continued to work until the end of his life. And he was rewarded for his efforts, too. Shorter won his last Grammy in February 2023 for “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” alongside soloist Leo Genovese for “Endangered Species.”

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Shorter leaves behind one surviving child, Mikako Shorter, whom he wrote the song “Miyako” for, and his wife, Carolina Dos Santos.

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