Wayne Shorter | Saxophonist

Wayne Shorter | Saxophonist

Name Wayne Shorter
Profession Saxophonist
Date of Birth 1933-08-25
Place of Birth Newark, NJ
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Birth Sign Virgo

About Wayne Shorter

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Early Life of Wayne Shorter

He graduated from New York University and performed with Miles Davis’s band.

Trivia

He released many recordings on Blue Note.

Family Life

He married Teruka (Irene) Nakagami in 1961 and they had a daughter named Miyako.

Associated With

He recorded the 1974s album Native Dancer, which features Herbie Hancock, among other jazzmen.

Walter Parazaider | Saxophonist

Walter Parazaider | Saxophonist

Name Walter Parazaider
Profession Saxophonist
Date of Birth 1945-03-14
Place of Birth Chicago, IL
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Birth Sign Pisces

About Walter Parazaider

Founding member and saxophonist for the rock band Chicago who also played flute and clarinet.

Early Life of Walter Parazaider

He graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in classical clarinet. He was inspired by The Beatles to create rock ‘n’ roll horn music.

Trivia

He became a Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia member.

Family Life

He married his wife, JacLynn, and they raised two daughters together.

Associated With

He was inspired to incorporate saxophone into rock music after hearing “Got to Get You into My Life” written by Paul McCartney.

Elliott Sharp | Saxophonist

Elliott Sharp | Saxophonist

Name Elliott Sharp
Profession Saxophonist
Date of Birth 1951-03-01
Place of Birth Ohio
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Birth Sign Pisces

About Elliott Sharp

Musician in the New York City experimental music scene since the 1970s who pioneered the use of PCs in live performances.

Early Life of Elliott Sharp

He took up guitar and clarinet as a teenager before receiving his Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Buffalo.

Trivia

He has created music and sound design for TV networks like The Sundance Channel, MTV, and Bravo.

Family Life

He married designer and video artist Janene Higgins.

Associated With

He was a member of the band Bootstrappers with punk bassist Mike Watt.

Ernie Watts | Saxophonist

Ernie Watts | Saxophonist

Name Ernie Watts
Profession Saxophonist
Date of Birth 1945-10-23
Place of Birth Norfolk, VA
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Birth Sign Scorpio

About Ernie Watts

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist best known for his work with The Rolling Stones and Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.

Early Life of Ernie Watts

He began playing saxophone at thirteen years old and later attended the Berklee College of Music on a Down Beat Magazine scholarship.

Trivia

He played tenor saxophone with The Tonight Show Band for over twenty years.

Family Life

His son Ken was born in 1973.

Associated With

He is known for playing the famous “Mystery Horn” solo on the Frank Zappa album The Grand Wazoo.

Ernie Wilkins | Saxophonist

Ernie Wilkins | Saxophonist

Name Ernie Wilkins
Profession Saxophonist
Date of Birth 1919-07-20
Place of Birth Missouri
Age 79 yrs
Death Date 1999-06-05
Birth Sign Cancer

About Ernie Wilkins

Jazz composer and arranger who is known for his collaborations with Count Basie. He formed the Almost Big Band in Denmark during his final years.

Early Life of Ernie Wilkins

He started off his musical career by performing with a military band and then played with one of Earl Hines’s big bands.

Trivia

His orchestral arrangements on Alice Clark’s 1972 album are considered to be legendary.

Family Life

His wife Jenny inspired him to start the Almost Big Band in Copenhagen.

Associated With

Wilkins collaborated with Clark Terry after his first wave of success as a musician.