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Saxophonist Wayne Shorter wins 3 Jazz awards

Wayne Shorter Saxophonist Wayne Shorter wins 3 Jazz  awards

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter wins 3 Jazz  awards

 In this Oct. 20, 2011 file photo, the American jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, left, performs with John Patitucci on bass during Skopje Jazz Festival, in Macedonia’s capital Skopje. Saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter is a triple-winner in the 2013 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association. Shorter, who was a member of Miles Davis’ legendary mid-’60s quintet and co-founded the fusion band Weather Report, won awards for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, top soprano saxophonist and best small ensemble.                            Photo by Boris Grdanoski   

By Charles J. Gans

     NEW YORK, N.Y. — Saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter is a triple winner in the 2013 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Shorter was a member of Miles Davis’ legendary mid-1960s quintet and co-founded the fusion band Weather Report. He won awards for lifetime achievement in jazz, top soprano saxophonist and best small ensemble.

Veteran trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has been recognized as jazz musician of the year and best trumpeter. Smith’s civil rights-themed composition “Ten Freedom Summers” was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The JJA said in an announcement Wednesday the Album of the Year award went to newcomer Ryan Truesdell, for “Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans.” His Gil Evans Project band was chosen best large ensemble.

 

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