Wayne Shorter has been one of jazz's leading figures for decades, known for his brilliant compositional work and equally brilliant saxophone playing. From his early work with Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey and Miles Davis (to name just a few) to founding Weather Report with Joe Zawinul and Miroslav Vitous in the 70's, Wayne's contributions to jazz are legendary and his influence on generations of jazz musicians is profound.
Front Of House and Recording engineer Rob Griffin has handled Wayne's live performances and recordings since 2000, when Wayne started a world tour that is still going strong. Rob used a pair of Royer R-121's on Wayne's saxophone in 2001, and since then has used Royer's on live drums, bass, piano, guitar and other instruments.
Rob told us "I'm in this for the goosebumps, and I use Royer mics to translate the goosebumps." Thank you Rob.
In July of 2003, Wayne Shorter performed in Los Angeles with his world-traveled jazz band and some noteworthy musical guests. Wayne's band included Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on stand-up bass, and Vanilo Perez on piano. His guests for the evening included Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Savion Glover and a full orchestra. Front of House engineer Rob Griffin has been traveling with Wayne for years, multi-track recording most shows and putting Wayne's music across beautifully. Rob leans heavily on ribbon mics on-stage.
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Wayne Shorter Plays the Tokyo Jazz Festival, September 2004. Click on photos to enlarge and to view comments.