Song of the Day: Weather Report, “Birdland”

Saxophonist, composer, and co-founder of the band Weather Report Wayne Shorter passed away yesterday at the age of 89. He was a close friend of Herbie Hancock, and played with Miles Davis before starting Weather report with keyboardist Josef Zawinul. "Birdland" is from Weather Report’s 1977 album Heavy Weather, which is definitely worth listening to.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Weather Report, “Birdland”

  1. My gosh, I have played this both on clarinet in a concert band and on saxophone in a stage band. But the most memorable was when I toured with a representative school band back when I was 16 or 17. Love this song and the memories it carries.


    1. It’s a perfect song for high school and college bands to play: simple, though the timing is tricky, with a nice hook.

      Seems logical that you’d play tenor sax because the tuning is the same as the clarinet, or did you play alto?


  2. Hi John – yes thank you … I enjoyed that – talk about musicianship … such a great talent to have – cheers Hilary


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