By Selena Stevens
Wayne Shorter has played with many major jazz figures,
including Maynard Ferguson, John Coltrane, Miles Davis
and Herbie Hancock.
4, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The University of Kentucky 2001-02 Spotlight Jazz
Series continues this spring with performance by the
Wayne Shorter Quartet at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28,
at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. Wayne Shorter
began his foray into jazz at age 16, when he took
up the clarinet, which he later traded for the tenor
he earned a degree in music education from New York
University and, after two years in the U.S. Army,
began a professional jazz career in 1959 with the
Maynard Ferguson Orchestra. He became close friends
with John Coltrane, who would become a musical mentor
of sorts to him.
Shorter made his breakthrough by joining Art Blakey's
Jazz Messengers with Lee Morgan.
he joined the Miles Davis Quintet, working and performing
alongside Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.
the 1960s, he also recorded under his own name under
the Blue Note label and wrote and played for many
other Blue Note recording sessions. In the late '60s,
Shorter and Joe Zawinul founded the fusion band Weather
Report, which they co-led until 1985.
Shorter Quartet will take the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 28, at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts,
located at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue.
event in the Spotlight Jazz Series will be a performance
by the John Scofield Band at 8 p.m., Saturday, April
6, at the Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St.,
Lexington. Tickets for the Spotlight Jazz events are
sold through the UK Student Center Ticket Office at
(859) 257-8427 and Ticketmaster outlets.
prices for the Wayne Shorter event are $17 for students
and $25 for the public.
Jazz is one of the oldest series of its kind at a
university. It is sponsored by UK African-American
Student Affairs and the UK Student Activities Board.