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Wayne Shorter, known for his worldly eminence as a saxophonist, composer, and philosophical spirit, died on March 2 at the age of 89.

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This week, we take a moment to remember some favorite performances and revisit certain compositions to closely appreciate Wayne's long and varied legacy. From the late 1950s, during his time in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, to the forefront of jazz fusion with Weather Report, then the quartet and grand-scale collaborations well into his later years – Shorter left us a body of work that is eternal.

We'll hear compositions and recordings from those eras, as well as unheard portions of interviews in celebration of the life of "The Newark Flash."