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Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade – Legacy of Wayne Shorter featuring special guest Mark Turner

Sunday, October 20, 2024 —  7:00 pm
Jazz in The Concert Hall

Among the most intensely admired composers in jazz, Wayne Shorter is a true legend whose career stretched over half a century. The golden era of this saxophonist’s extraordinary musical journey was marked by the formation of his quartet with Danilo PérezJohn Patitucci, and Brian Blade, who went forth to confound all preconceptions of jazz in a prolific 24-years of concerts and Grammy Award winning recordings. Shorter’s great musical legacy lives on through this kindred trio, as they take to Zero Gravity – a shared fearlessness espoused by their mentor and Zen guru.

Frequently hailed as one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation, Mark Turner rounds out this inspired exploration of the unknown.

 Performing their own interpretations of Shorter’s compositions, this quartet seeks to honor his pivotal contributions to jazz.

Photo credit: Anna Webber

Danilo Pérez
As a solo artist and as a collaborator with jazz giants from Dizzy Gillespie to Wayne Shorter, for over three decades Grammy-Award Winning Panamanian Pianist-Composer Danilo Perez hasbeen lauded as one of the most creative forces incontemporary music. With Jazz as the anchoring foundation, Perez’s Global Jazz music is a blend of Panamanian roots, LatinAmerican folk music, West African rhythms, European impressionism–promoting music as a borderless andmultidimensional bridge between all people.

Since 1993 Pérez has released twelve albums which have earned him critical acclaim, and numerous accolades around theworld.He is a recipient of theDoris Duke Artist Award in 2021,United States Fellowship 2018, and the 2009 SmithsonianLegacy Award. For nearly two decades, Pérez has been part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, alongside bassist John Patitucciand drummer Brian Blade. This latest iteration from Shorter has been known as a unique and predominant force inimprovisational music both at their historic live performances and on several recordings. In 2018 Blue Note records releasedthe highly anticipatedEMANONfrom the Wayne Shorter Quartet which won a Grammy in the category of BestJazz Instrumentalalbum in 2019.

John Patitucci
Acoustic and electric bassist John Patitucci has been at the forefront of the jazz world for the last 30+ years and active in all styles of music. He is a 4-time Grammy award winner, has been nominated over twenty times and has played on many other Grammy award-winning recordings. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz giants such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Kenny Garrett, Victor Feldman, Nancy Wilson and countless others. John has also performed and/or recorded with pop artists such as Natalie Cole, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, Bono, Sting, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Carole King and Paul Simon.

He has been active as a composer with sixteen solo recordings of his own and has been commissioned to write for various chamber music groups. John has performed as a soloist with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony of Norway, the St. Louis Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra. In early 2020, John’s composition, a protest piece entitled Hypocrisy, was premiered in Toronto and performed by the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, along with Danilo Perez, Brian Blade
and Mr. Patitucci.

Brian Blade
Brian Blade was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1970. The first music he experienced was the Gospel and songs of praise at the Zion Baptist Church where his father, Brady L. Blade, Sr., has been the pastor since 1961. His mother, Dorothy Blade, has been a kindergarten teacher for twenty-five years and now directs the child care center of Zion Baptist Church.

In 1997, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band was formed with pianist Jon Cowherd. The band members include saxophonists Myron
Walden and Melvin Butler, bassist Chris Thomas and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Over the 25 years that the band has existed, they have released seven recordings, beginning with their FELLOWSHIP debut in 1998, PERCEPTUAL in 2000, SEASON OF CHANGES in 2008, LANDMARKS in 2014, BODY AND SHADOW in 2017, LIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES in 2022 and KINGS HIGHWAY in 2023.

While continuing to perform with The Fellowship Band, Brian is also part of a project that features his father’s Gospel singing and his brother
and himself drumming with the Zion Baptist Church Choir under the name Brady L. Blade, Sr. & The Hallelujah Train.

Since 2000, Brian has been the drummer in The Wayne Shorter Quartet and he has recorded with Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Ellis Marsalis and Bob Dylan.

 

Mark Turner
A highly inventive saxophonist, Mark Turner found acclaim with his meticulous, harmonically rich approach to modern creative jazz. Drawing upon the innovative sound of artists like John Coltrane, Warne Marsh, and Joe Henderson, Turner emerged in the early ’90s playing his cerebral, classical-influenced brand of jazz. He gained early notice with albums like 1998’s In This World and 2001’s Dharma Days, working alongside such similarly inclined contemporaries as Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Brian Blade. Beginning with 2009’s Sky and Country, he built a close association with the ECM label, splitting his time between collaborating with his Fly trio (with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard) and helming ambitious solo dates like 2014’s Lathe of Heaven, his 2018 duo session Temporary Kings with Ethan Iverson, and 2022’s Return from the Stars.

Website

daniloperez.com

johnpatitucci.com

brianblade.com

markturnerjazz.com

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