The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will honor legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Jazz Master Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions as a saxophonist, educator and composer. The award ceremony will take place following the Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration concert at Symphony Hall on Sunday, November 24 at 5:00 pm. This is the first year of the BGJI Jazz Master Award presentation.
Considered to be the most important living composer in jazz" by The New York Times, Shorter's impressive career spans over six decades and has earned him nine Grammy Awards and as well as a 2008 National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master award. His most recent recording Without A Net has garnered rave reviews from critics and was voted best jazz album of the year in the 2013 Downbeat Readers Poll.
The concert will feature many BGJI affiliated musicians including The Wayne Shorter Quartet with BGJI Artistic Director Danilo Perez, faculty member John Patitucci and Artist in Residence Brian Blade. Also performing is Soundprints": The Dave Douglas/Joe Lovano Quintet featuring BGJI faculty member Lovano, as well as the trio ACS with BGJI faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington. Wayne Shorter is the honorary chairman of the BGJI Advisory Board.