(Top left clockwise) – Trombonist J.J. Johnson, Saxophonists Ben Webster and Wayne Shorter. (Photos/YouTube and Wikipedia)
NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Ben Webster and trombonist J.J. Johnson have been chosen as the 2016 inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
Shorter is equally renowned as one of the greatest living jazz improvisers and composers. He was a member of Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet in the 1960s and co-founded the jazz-rock fusion band Weather Report.
Webster was one of the preeminent Swing Era tenor saxophonists. He was known for his powerful solos and sensual ballad playing, notably with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra.
Johnson was a perennial jazz magazine poll winner who played a key role in demonstrating the trombone’s possibilities in modern jazz.
The inductees were announced late Tuesday and will be celebrated July 12-14 with special programs at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.