Jazz Night In America: To Miles From Wayne To Wallace - The Lost Wayne Shorter Scores

Airs Thursday, November 27 at 9 p.m. In the late 1960s, when trumpeter Miles Davis was leading his famous Second Quintet, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a series of large ensemble works. They were never recorded, only was performed, and many people never knew they existed. Sometime around the quintet disbanding, Shorter put the scores away.  Now, trumpeter Wallace Roney -- a protégé of Miles Davis -- has received the scores from Shorter and prepared them for a performance at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival. Roney, with permission from Shorter, has re-orchestrated them to fit a more standard orchestral jazz ensemble.  Jazz Night in America presents a window into a fascinating period of Wayne Shorter’s writing with the very first recording of “Universe” and “Legend, written in the late 1960s and “Twin Dragon” written in 1981. The Wallace Roney Orchestra features Victor Gould (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Lenny White (drums) and the ensemble is filled out with various New York based musicians and local talent pulled from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 1983, Roney was one of seven trumpeters performing at a Miles Davis tribute concert. Backstage after the show, trumpeter Art Farmer took Wallace up to Davis’s dressing room. This meeting spawned a bond between student and teacher that would continue until Davis’s death in 1991. This episode of Jazz Night in America explores this accelerated period in Roney’s career while looking further back at the musical experiences that shaped Wayne’s writing for large ensemble.