Wayne Shorter has died on Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 89. He was a fascinating, bold saxophonist who helped to define the style and tone of contemporary jazz.

Alisse Kingsley, his publicist, verified his passing at a hospital. However, no immediate information is available regarding the cause of his death.

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Who was Wayne Shorter?

Wayne Shorter was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In the late 1950s, tenor saxophonist Shorter gained fame with drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the Miles Davis Quintet, two of the most celebrated small groups in jazz history. His songs E.S.P. and Nefertiti, among others, are quite well known.

His career spanned more than 50 years, and he was closely linked to jazz’s intricate growth over that time.

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Shorter co-founded Weather Report, a jazz fusion group, in the 1960s, and led his band in the recording of more than 20 albums. The band recorded one of the best-selling jazz records of all time, Heavy Weather, in 1977.

His music has received recognition from all around the world as well as appreciation from critics and has several pieces that have evolved into jazz standards. Shorter has twelve Grammy victories. He also received the Polar Music Prize in 2017.

Due to health difficulties, Shorter ended his nearly 70-year performance career in 2018. Esperanza Spalding wrote the libretto for a “new operatic work” that he proceeded to compose, and Frank Gehry designed the sets.

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A few of Mr. Shorter’s works, such as the rousing anthem “Black Nile” and the coolly ethereal waltz “Footprints,” went on to become jazz standards.

He was admired for creating and continually enhancing a modern harmonic language in addition to his collection of tunes. His seductive, slick compositions are believed to have the ability to elegantly convey mood ambiguity.