The Rolf Schock Prize in the Musical Arts is awarded to saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter with the following motivation:
“For nearly six decades Wayne Shorter has been counted among the most significant creators in progressive jazz music. A distinctive voice, free of mechanical patterns and with an unmistakable inviting and humanistic quality, he has broadened our knowledge and deepened our sensibilities with his improvisations and compositions, and the curiosity that drives him towards the yet undiscovered shows no signs of abating. Wayne Shorter’s music making is an act of enlightenment.”
Wayne Shorter is probably the most important jazz musician alive today. He has been at the centre of jazz music’s artistic development since the end of the 1950s and, at the age of 83, is showing no sign of stagnation. He has collaborated with many of the great names of jazz and pop music, including Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. Wayne Shorter’s own quartet, which he has led since 2000, has become one of the most successful and influential jazz groups of our time.
During his career, he has produced 25 albums in his own name and won 10 Grammy Awards, as well as a number of other honours, including being the only jazz musician yet to receive the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016, and receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He is also the recipient of 2017’s Polar Music Prize.
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