Wayne Shorter made a name for himself as a tenor saxophonist for jazz institutions like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and as a member of Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet before adding soprano sax to his arsenal and forming his own group, Weather Report.
If none of that means anything to you, know this: Wayne Shorter, 80, is one of the last great jazz improvisers from an era of jazz that is, for the most part, long gone. If you want to get a taste of what jazz used to be like, go see Shorter at the Holland Center on WEDNESDAY (April 2). He'll be jamming with his longtime foursome that features pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.
See and hear what I mean by turning an eye to the video link at right. If that flips your pancake, do yourself a kindness and go to the show.