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Wayne Shorter, saxophonist and jazz composer, dies at 89



Wayne Shorter, a Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer who helped shape the sound of contemporary jazz, has died, according to his publicist.

He was 89 years old.

Shorter died Thursday in Los Angeles, his publicist Cem Kurosman at Blue Note Records told CNN in an email. No cause of death has been shared.

Shorter has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards during his career and has won 12 times. His first Grammy nomination was in 1973. His most recent win was in January for Best Improvised Jazz Solo Performance for “Endangered Species.”

Shorter started playing the clarinet at age 16, but later switched to tenor sax before entering New York University in 1952.

After graduating in 1956, he played with jazz pianist Horace Silver until he was drafted into the army. He served for two years, according to the artist’s biography on Bluenote.com.

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