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  • Aug. 6, 2003
  • Shorter And Glover Make Hollywood Bowl Debuts



    A Lexus Passionate Performance

    The Hollywood Bowl celebrates legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter's 70th birthday and 40 years of jazz music-making on Wednesday, August 6 at 8 p.m. in the country's only performance featuring Shorter with Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover and Carlos Santana on the same stage. Shorter and Glover make their Bowl debuts in this program featuring all three with the Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. All featured artists take the stage together in the program's much-anticipated finale.

    This concert captures Shorter's contagious enthusiasm as his close friends join together to celebrate the legendary jazz icon's accomplishments. Grammy Award-winning musicians Hancock and Santana blend the sounds of rock and pop into the evening's jazz program. Glover will bring a new sound to the Bowl stage as he accompanies the Wayne Shorter Quartet with his tapping feet.

    Wayne Shorter: Life and Music is the fifth concert of KKJZ's Jazz at the Bowl series, which has included performances by Etta James, Yolanda Adams, João Gilberto, and Terence Blanchard. The concert series, sponsored by KKJZ Radio (88.1 FM), concludes with the Art of Swing on August 27.

    Saxophonist WAYNE SHORTER's career spans nearly thirty-five years, and has crossed paths with many giants of music. Born in 1933, in Newark, New Jersey, he first joined bands led by Horace Silver, Maynard Ferguson, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, where he clearly established himself as a newcomer to watch. After solo LPs, including nine classics for Blue Note, he joined Miles Davis in 1964 in what was to become a quintet that changed the face of music during that decade. When he left Davis in 1970 to form Weather Report, he again created a new hybrid of music. Since then he has branched out on his own, recording solo albums, performing on movie soundtracks, and winning three Grammys. He remains one of jazz's most ingenious improvisers. This is Wayne Shorter's Bowl debut.

    A true icon of modern music, pianist and composer HERBIE HANCOCK is at home in the pop and classical world and in the jazz world. Born in 1940, he was a child piano prodigy but also majored in electrical engineering. At the age of 20, he joined trumpeter Donald Byrd's band and later signed to Blue Note as a solo artist. His debut album Takin' Off spawned the hit "Watermelon Man." In the same year he got the call from Miles Davis to join the legendary quintet with Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter and later stayed with Davis for the groundbreaking recordings In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. After leaving Davis, Hancock's 1973 album Headhunters became jazz's first platinum album, and he had 11 albums in the charts during the '70s. In the '80s he collaborated with Bill Laswell to create Future Shock and Sound System two ground-breaking dance/R&B albums. In the '90s Hancock returned to more traditional jazz improvisation winning three Grammys with Gershwin's World. Ever-innovative, he released a hip hop album Future2Future in 2001. He last performed at the Bowl in 1996.

    Tap dancer SAVION GLOVER became one of the youngest men in history to be nominated for a Tony for his performance in Black and Blue at age 21. He made his Broadway debut as the title character in The Tap Dance Kid at the age of 12, appeared on Broadway opposite Gregory Hines in Jelly's Last Jam, and in 1996 rocketed to international stardom when he won a Tony for his dancing and choreography of the Broadway hit Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk. Glover has danced on concert stages throughout the world including the Moulin Rouge, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He makes his Hollywood Bowl debut this summer.

    The son of a father who was a mariachi violinist, CARLOS SANTANA was born and raised in Mexico. He signed with Columbia Records after forming the band bearing his name and went on to release a series of gold or platinum albums: Borboletta (1974), Amigos (1975), Festival (1976), Moonflower (1977), and Inner Secrets (1978). After another gold Santana band album, Marathon (1979), he returned to solo work with the double-LP jazz collection The Swing of Delight in August 1980 which featured such guests as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter. Santana wrote his first musical score in 1986 for the film La Bamba. In June, 1999, Santana issued Supernatural on Arista Records, an album featuring many tracks co-written by guest stars such as Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, and others. Paced by the number one singles "Smooth" and "Maria Maria," the album became the biggest hit of Santana's career, selling upwards of ten million copies and winning Santana eight Grammy Awards.


    Wednesday, August 6 at 8 PM

    KKJZ's Jazz at the Bowl

    Wayne Shorter: Life and Music


    NICOLE PAIMENT, conductor





    A Lexus Passionate Performance

    Tickets ($1 - $73) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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