With Tim Green, Alto Sax; Marcus Strickland, Tenor and Soprano Sax; J.D. Allen, Tenor Sax; Norbert Stachel, Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet; Elliot Mason and Joe Fiedler, Trombone; Jeremy Pelt and Augie Hass, Trumpet; Geri Allen (Aug 22-23), Xavier Davis (Aug 24-25), Piano; Dwayne Burno, Bass; Nate Smith, Drums
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is proud to host this CD Release event, coinciding with Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday. Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter is a twelve-piece band devoted to reimagining and approaching Shorter’s music the way he does, as an ever-changing, ever-evolving body of work. The music spans nearly half a century of Shorter's prolific career, says director/arranger David Weiss. "My goal with this band was to present music from every era of Wayne's lengthy, diverse career; from his Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers days, through his stint with Miles Davis, his electric years, and up to his most current quartet [which just earned Shorter Best Artist, Best Group, and Best Album in DownBeat Magazine)."
Weiss further explains: "I consider Wayne to be one of the most important composers in the history of this music and arguably the greatest living composer we have today in jazz. I also thought a composer of such breadth and scope should have an ensemble devoted to re-examining, expounding and expanding his music… [so that people can] …even more fully appreciate the depth and beauty of the writing. The challenge is to see what I can do to this music so it will have the same strong impact it had when these giants were first playing it. My intention here is to say, 'Look at these great tunes. How can I make the point even more emphatically that this is some heavy, beautiful writing?"