Adam Shorter and Wayne Shorter
Adam Shorter was an esteemed entrepreneur and community activist. With six restaurants under his name and Red Star restaurant as his latest endeavor, Shorter demonstrated his dedication to supporting high quality family-oriented Black-owned businesses that promote diversity in minority neighborhoods.
In March 2018 an individual shot and killed Shorter outside his business in a suburban shopping center. Following this act of violence, hundreds of protestors rallied against city officials.
Early Life and Education
Early years are critical in laying the groundwork for children’s social and emotional development, cognitive skills development and moral outlook. Children have great potential to build their brains while learning important lifelong skills in an ideal learning environment.
Children learn through play, but formal education is essential too. Parents or primary caregivers serve as their first teachers and establishing positive relationships is the cornerstone of an enjoyable early educational journey.
Wayne Shorter began his tenor saxophone career in the mid-1950s and quickly established himself as an important presence on the jazz scene. His Blue Note Records albums often featured his original compositions; Adam’s Apple, featuring Herbie Hancock and Reggie Workman ranks among his finest recordings of all time.
Adam Shorter III (’04 MBA), is currently Senior Director of Finance and Operations for Loyola University Chicago as well as being President and CEO of Shorewood Restaurant group as well as being part of Krimson 4 Restaurant group.
Businessman and community activist, Mr. Bovee works hard to bring about positive changes wherever he goes – particularly Matteson, Illinois where he serves as Trustee and member of New Faith Baptist Church.
Adam was an ambitious individual who delighted in meeting challenges head on. A selfless friend and dedicated family member, Adam often helped his loved ones with household tasks or small projects around their homes or yards. Additionally, Adam loved playing football competitively and had a delightful sense of humor.
Achievement and Honors
Shorter is no stranger to awards; his most recent honor being being honored with induction into the Hall of Fame at New York Hall of Science. This highly sought after distinction recognized Shorter for his contributions to music and science education and leadership role promoting jazz and improvised based music to the general public. A distinguished panel of judges presented this prize and awarded him with both a plaque and certificate of honor during an impressive red carpet ceremony with family and friends present.
Wayne Shorter was an acclaimed jazz saxophonist renowned for his compositions and worldwide renown as a composer in fusion jazz music.
Shorter began his musical career by joining Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet. There, he collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Freddie Hubbard; remaining until 1970 as one of their most prolific composers.
Shorter released several albums during his time with Blue Note during this period; such as Night Dreamer, JuJu and Speak No Evil were high quality recordings; but 1966’s Adam’s Apple (featuring Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman and Joe Chambers) is considered his crowning achievement on this label.
Wayne Shorter was widely respected for his astounding saxophone playing abilities and composer contributions in jazz music, garnering him worldwide renown and amassing an enormous fortune through his achievements.
He played with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet and Weather Report as well as recording over 20 albums with his own band.
His contributions to jazz were remarkable; many of his compositions have become jazz standards. He was an innovator of harmony, rhythm, and form; also serving as a mentor to many younger musicians.