Shout Out To Shorter

Jazz world sends greetings to Wayne Shorter on the occasion of his Newark homecoming.



Newark jazz great Wayne Shorter is coming back to town!


In anticipation of NJPAC’s Wayne Shorter Weekend of concerts (April 20-23), friends, fans and collaborating musical artists are welcoming the hometown saxophonist with open arms and fingers on the keyboard. You can find their good wishes on NJPAC’s Twitter feed and Facebook page: #ShoutOutToShorter and #WayneShorterWknd.


Here are some greetings from the bands:


Starting on April 20, trumpeter Wallace Roney and his orchestra, including Buster Williams, Lenny White and Patrice Rushen, perform “Wayne Shorter’s ‘Universe’: A Concerto for Miles.”


Wayne Shorter, Enlightened Avatar, Knowledge Seeker, Knowledge Giver, Love Supreme, Enlightened Seeker, TenorSaxistSopranoSaxist Supreme, Innovative Composer and my Best Friend!!! Thank you for Life!!!
Wallace Roney


Thank you for your wisdom, your visionary music, your daring nature, and your inspiring spirit.
For the sake of us all, please continue.

– Bassist Buster Williams


The Emmet Cohen Trio, led by Emmet Cohen on piano, opens the Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner concert on April 21.


The development of Wayne Shorter's artistry is a lesson for us all in erudition, exploration, imagination, flexibility, and nuance. From 1958 to the present, he has continually pushed and expanded the boundaries of music and improvisation and has become a universal beacon of light for all aspiring artists to follow. Thank you, Mr. Shorter, we love you!
Emmet Cohen  


On April 22, “Weather Report and Beyond Reimagined” features musical director/bassist Christian McBride leading an all-star jazz lineup that includes former musicians of Weather Report (of which Shorter was a member).


Wayne Shorter is a five-tool musician.  As many people know, I am a huge baseball fan and it's very rare for a baseball player to be considered a five-tool player – someone who excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, base-running skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities. Over the course of his career, Wayne has excelled as a performer, composer, arranger, sideman and leader. Wayne is the Willie Mays of jazz.
– Bassist Christian McBride


Heavy Weather! First recording I did. Thank you Wayne – not only an accomplished artist, but the most joyful person I've met!!
– Percussionist Manolo Badrena


Dear Wayne,
My years spent working with you programming, recording, performing and touring on HIGHlife as a young woman shaped my artistic path in a very personal way. Of course, I had wanted to play with you to learn about your harmonic genius and you shared all of those insights within our actions to record the CD. But, the real gold was in your friendship and in your fiercely independent, creative, brave spirit, which taught me to stand alone ... because no amount of sideman work gives us our own path ...

You always showed me that we, as musicians, have to earn our own voice through life's turmoil and victories! We must exhibit never-wavering commitment no matter what will happen in the environment around us! So ...


Here's to
Creativity Imagination
Here's to your strength and power, Wayne! 
Thank you for empowering me and so many others ...

With luv and respect … Rachel Z Hakim

– Pianist Rachel Z


Ciao Wayne, thanks for sharing your blessings with all of us through the years. You've been so generous in your support of my contributions I am now "Sailing Beyond the Sunset" into "Destinations Unknown”!!! Saluti, Joe Lovano/Sound Prints
– Saxophonist Joe Lovano


For Wayne:
Thank you for your vision, humanity, and endless creativity beyond borders and boundaries. Each time we hear your music we are in a better place than before.
– Saxophonist Steve Wilson


The weekend’s grand finale, on April 23, reunites Shorter himself with longtime friend and collaborator Herbie Hancock. “The Wayne Shorter Quartet with Herbie Hancock” also features jazz vocalist and songwriter Gretchen Parlato.


Hey Wayne,
My eternal gratitude for all you have contributed to the joy of each individual with your life and music toward advancing empathy, perception, encouragement, and wisdom. You continue to relentlessly inspire generation after generation with your creative expression from the heart down the path less traveled. It is an honor to be your friend and to again be able to explore with you.

Together forward,
Herbie Hancock


Dear Mr. Shorter,

Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to create music with you. I am so grateful. You are a treasure to the world!
Gretchen Parlato 


April 6, 2017