Saxophonist Wayne Shorter was (and is) rightly celebrated for both his instrumental prowess and the countless classics he wrote and performed with jazz institutions like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the classic Miles Davis Quintet. His compositional gifts were also a key ingredient of ensembles such as Weather Report and post-Weather, Shorter-led aggregations. Titles like “Blackthorn Rose” remain, to quote poet Frank O’Hara, “all the imagination can hold.”
Reuben Jackson is Archivist with the University of The District of Columbia’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives. From 1989 until 2009, he was archivist and curator with the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington Collection. Reuben was the host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio from 2013 until April 2018.
The event will take place on the second floor in the conference room.