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Wayne Shorter to Celebrate 80th Birthday In Newport At Festival

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 1, 2013

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Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter

Legendary tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter will celebrate his 80th birthday year at the annual Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. fundraising benefit, which will be held at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s historic mansions, on Saturday, August 3, at 7:30 pm. Joining Shorter for this exciting occasion will be fellow Miles Davis alumnus, Herbie Hancock, and jazz’s rising star Esperanza Spalding. Master guitarist Rez Abbasi and New Orleans pianist Jon Batiste also will take part in the evening’s festivities.

The annual Gala is one of the highlights of the 59th year of the Newport Jazz Festival, which runs Friday, August 2, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, at Fort Adams State Park. Shorter kicks off his birthday celebration at Newport with a Saturday afternoon performance with his stellar quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brain Blade plus special guest Herbie Hancock.

Tables for the Gala are $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000. Individual seats are $600 and $1,000.

Funds raised from the Gala go to insure that the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival, both under the aegis of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., continue as part of the cultural life of Rhode Island and the world.

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