In a world of demographics routinely misunderstood to be a rationale for contemptuous sexism, some people might ask this: What could an 80th birthday celebration quartet tour by a jazz saxophonist as honored as Wayne Shorter possibly have to say to a generation grabbing tunes off the Internet from the likes of Lady Gaga, Usher and Miley Cyrus on one end and Radiohead and Robert Glasper on the other?
The answer is you cannot possibly imagine unless you truly love music. And if you do, it’s not even a question.
The adoration of music can be found among people from the ages of 12 to 92 (at least). And the band that is coming to the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 7:30 tonight is a band for anyone who truly loves music. There always have been many Wayne Shorters – the magnificent composer and tenor/soprano saxophonist who was an early 1960s youth wave lion on Blue Note, the finest saxophonist (as well as one of the most talented composers) Miles Davis ever had in his band after John Coltrane, the co-leader of Weather Report with Joe Zawinul, the pal and constant guest star for Joni Mitchell on disc, the elder statesman for just about every adventurer in music of the 21st century.
The band he brings with him this evening is formidable – pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Pattitucci and drummer Brian Blade. The evening will be nonpareil. It’s one of the great musical events of 2013 – certainly one of its greatest jazz events. For absolutely anyone. Tickets are $38-$54 (box office, www.tickets.com).
– Jeff Simon