Dry Martini, consisting of J. Michael Newlight on guitar, Mike Knutson on alto sax and Steve Webber-Plank on percussion, will present their interpretation of this unique jazz composer’s essence.

“Wayne Shorter is not only one of jazz’s greatest composers but its angel of esotericism, an enlightened and arcane elder.” – The New York Times

“I think that music opens portals and doorways into unknown sectors that it takes courage to leap into. I always think that there’s a potential that we all have, and we can emerge, rise up to this potential, when necessary. We have to be fearless, courageous, and draw upon wisdom that we think we don’t have.” – Wayne Shorter

Considered to be one of the greatest jazz composers and saxophonists of all time, Wayne Shorter is a recipient of 11 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, five honorary doctorate degrees, the Kennedy Center Honor, Polar Music Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and many other awards and honors for his contributions to music.

He began with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers in 1959 as saxophonist and composer, then joined Miles Davis Second Great Quintet in 1964, while independently recording eleven albums featuring his own compositions for Blue Note Records. He co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report in 1970. He played an extended solo on the title track of Steely Dan’s 1977 album Aja. From 1977 through 2002, he appeared on ten Joni Mitchell studio albums, gaining him a wider audience. Wayne Shorter passed away March 2, 2023.

There is no admission charge for this event. Cash donations will gladly be accepted and will be contributed to the Firehouse in support of their many programs.

A seating reservation is recommended: https://www.drymartinimusic.com/reservation

For a view of the proposed program, see www.drymartinimusic.com.

The FireHouse Arts and Events Center
1314 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, WA, 98225