Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He is generally acknowledged to be jazz''s greatest living composer, and many of his compositions have become standards. Shorter''s output has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various commendations, including multiple Grammy Awards. Shorter first came to wide prominence in the late 1950s as a member of, and eventually primary composer for, Art Blakey''s Jazz Messengers. In the 1960s, he went on to join Miles Davis''s second great quintet, and from there he co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report. He has recorded over 20 albums as a bandleader.