The Daniela Schächter Nonet: "A Tribute to Wayne Shorter"

The Daniela Schächter Nonet: "A Tribute to Wayne Shorter"

“The Faculty Fellowship Grant” from Berklee College of Music

The Fallout Shelter - 61 Endicott Street, Norwood, MA, 02062

Featuring the music of one of the most influential composers and jazz performers of all time!

Following the death of the great Wayne Shorter in March of 2023, Berklee College of Music established a "Faculty Fellowship Grant" to honor the jazz great. The rules were simple but very complex. The task was to compose for a nonet, a nine piece orchestra, paying tribute to the music of Wayne Shorter. It was a "big deal" and MANY of the monumental musicians that make up the faculty at Berklee applied for this honor. That "Faculty Fellowship Grant" was subsequently offered to award winning pianist and vocalist Daniela Schächter. The Fallout Shelter has been chosen to document this monumental project and we are brimming with pride and anticipation. This is "what we do"...we document for history and Wayne Shorter IS music history. It will take place on Saturday April 6, 2024. It features a 5 piece horn section, piano, guitar, bass and drums. 9 master musicians playing interpretations composed by Daniela Schächter.


Shorter came to mainstream prominence in 1959 upon joining Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, for whom he eventually became the primary composer. In 1964 he joined Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet, and then co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report in 1970. He recorded more than 20 albums as a bandleader.

Many Shorter compositions have become jazz standards, and his music has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise, and commendation. Shorter won 12 Grammy Awards. He was acclaimed for his mastery of the soprano saxophone since switching his focus from the tenor in the late 1960s and beginning an extended reign in 1970 as DownBeat's annual poll-winner on that instrument, winning the critics' poll for 10 consecutive years and the readers' for 18. The New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff described Shorter in 2008 as "probably jazz's greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser". In 2017, he was awarded the Polar Music Prize.

In 1970, Shorter formed the fusion group Weather Report with Davis veteran keyboardist Joe Zawinul and bassist Miroslav Vitous. The other original members were percussionist Airto Moreira, and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. After Vitous' departure in 1973, Shorter and Zawinul co-led the group until the band's break-up in late 1985. A variety of musicians would make up Weather Report over the years (most notably the revolutionary bassist Jaco Pastorius and drummers Peter Erskine and Omar Hakim) helping the band produce many high quality recordings in diverse styles, with funk, bebop, Latin jazz, ethnic music, and futurism being the most prevalent denominators.

From 1977 through 2002, he appeared on 10 Joni Mitchell studio albums, gaining him a wider audience. He also played an extended solo on the title track of Steely Dan's 1977 album Aja.


When we say "world class" musician...well, the accolades and accomplishments of this incredible woman are virtually second to none. Read away!!

Daniela Schächter started early her musical career: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After her classical studies she moved to Boston MA as recipient of a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and above all with Joanne Brackeen. Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carters Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Terri Lyne Carrington Endowed Scholarship, the Tindari 93, Prize for thebest jazz duo with her brother Davide and also she appeared in the Jazziz magazine collector's CD (July 2001).

She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Henry Mancini Institute for one month; there she met Billy Childs her favorite composer. Daniela has performed at the Brass Group Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Fest, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Jazz Fest with the Rainbow Big Band, the International Trumpet Guilt Conference, the Kennedy Center, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Blue Note with The Tiger
Okoshi Quartet, Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and Patti Austin, the Ravinia Jazz Festival with the Count Basie Big Band and the Hollywood Bowl. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horn, Al McKibbon and Phil Wilson among others.

She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program, the Java Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2006. She is currently leading her group in several NYC venues. Daniela is Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston MA since Spring 2008 and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University since Fall 2013.


Billy Boss - trumpet,
Rick DiMuzio - tenor and soprano saxophones
Shannon LeClaire - alto saxophone
Angel Subero - trombone
Lauren Sevian - baritone saxophone
Daniela Schächter - piano, vocals
Julien Kasper - electric guitar
Keala Kaumeheiwa - acoustic bass
Gen Yoshimura - drums

The Fallout Shelter is an all ages performance venue welcoming worldwide, world class music in an intimate setting. Our studio audience attends to watch the creation and production of the music television series The Extended Play Sessions. The Fallout Shelter events are immersive experiences for both audience and performers alike...a live music experience like no other. We are fully ADA compliant and have wheelchair access. We have a wide selection of beer and wine for your adult beverage pleasures and each show comes with a free commemorative event poster. Our doors open at 6PM. Seating is General Admission. We recommend you arrive at the time the doors open.

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