Music helped saxophonist Wayne Shorter work through life’s tragedies
By: Alexander Varty
Had Wayne Shorter hung up his horn in 1996, no one would have begrudged him his retirement. On July 17 of that year, his wife Ana Maria and their niece Dalila boarded a TWA flight from New York to Rome, where he was performing, but an apparent short circuit brought the Boeing 747-131 down shortly after takeoff. No one survived.
Shorter was bereft. And having already achieved more than most musicians could dream of—first as a key component of Miles Davis’s 1960s quintet, and then as cofounder of Weather Report—he could easily have said goodbye to the road.
Fate had other plans.
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