Premiering the 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission,
Featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
& the Monterey Jazz Festival Wind Ensemble
Conducted by Nicole Paiement
One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in the pantheon of modern music, let alone jazz, Wayne Shorter celebrates his 83th terrestrial year in 2016. “At a time when most musicians are content to collect the lifetime-achievement awards and honorary degrees, Shorter is creating not just some of the most intense music of his career but some of the most intense improvised music available.” Regarded as a pioneer since his emergence in the 1950s, Shorter’s trajectory has restlessly embodied continual exploration and unencumbered momentum. An entire generation of musicians and fans alike see and hear him as a humble master who has created a timeless vocabulary – as vital as it is unbound.
Shorter recently re-signed to Blue Note Records, releasing his first album as a leader for the iconic label in 43 years. Without A Net is a searing new album with his long-running Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade. Reviews of the group’s recent live performances are exercises in superlative overload. Calling it “the most skillful, mutually attuned and fearlessly adventurous small jazz group on the planet,” The Guardian (UK) said that the quartet “celebrates humanity’s hope for harmony.”
Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Danilo’s abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Danilo is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.
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 three-time GRAMMY Award winner, has been nominated over 14 times and has played on many other GRAMMY Award-winning recordings. Remembrance, Patitucci’s latest album, features saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Brian Blade. He is an active composer with 13 solo recordings of his own, and has been commissioned to write for various chamber music groups. Patitucci is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, and recently launched an interactive online bass school through ArtistWorks. His latest instructional book Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining, was published in 2013.
Brian Blade is widely respected in the jazz world as a drummer, composer, and leader of Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, with whom he has released three albums. The multi-talented young veteran is also known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell and Emmylou Harris. Blade is always searching for the balance that gives a song a personal story with an outward reaching resonance.