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Wayne Shorter, "The Newark Flash," Recalls His Formative Years in the Ironbound and Beyond

Wayne Shorter on his early years in Newark, New Jersey, and onward, in an insightful article by Nate Chinen for WBGO.

Growing up in the Ironbound District of Newark, New Jersey, Wayne Shorter savored almost nothing more than the suggestion of a daring escape. At 83, Shorter is one of the most revered creative musicians of our age: A saxophonist, composer and bandleader of incalculable influence; an NEA Jazz Master and 10-time Grammy winner; recipient of the 2017 Polar Music Prize.


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