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Offenbach, Germany, 1978


Wayne Shorter performs "Birdland" in Offenbach, Germany on September 29, 1978 as a member of "Weather Report".


Wayne Shorter, soprano & tenor sax
Joe Zawinul, keyboards
Jaco Pastorious, bass
Peter Erskine, drums

Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Wayne Shorter's keen interest in music caused him to begin playing saxophone with encouragement from by his father.

He graduated from New York University in 1956, and played with Horace Silver while serving briefly in the military, before becoming a member of "Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers" in 1959, remaining for five years.

Miles Davis had his sights set on attaining Blakey's rising star saxophonist for his own group and in 1964 was able to persuade Shorter to join what later become known as his "Second Great Quintet."

Wayne Shorter was able to record and release several solo projects during his time with Davis and in 1970 formed the fusion group "Weather Report" with Davis' keyboardist Joe Zawinul.

After the release of their final studio album "This Is This!" in 1986 the group dissolved the following year.

Since then Shorter has continued to work primarily in jazz fusion and in 2000 organized a permanent acoustic band under his own name.

The quartet consisting of pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade, and himself have issued three albums "Footprints Live!" (2002), "Beyond the Sound Barrier" (2005), and "Without A Net" (2013); all featuring his original compositions.

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