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Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding Perform at Backyard Show to Raise Money for 'Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity' Documentary Directed by Dorsay Alavi

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Oct 02, 2014 09:48 AM EDT

In support of the upcoming Wayne Shorter documentary Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity, directed by Dorsay Alavi, donors were treated to a backyard show consisting of Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and more.

An exclusive event, Zero Gravity Live premiered Sunday night, Sept. 28, at the Bel Air home of Dr. Frank and Shelley Litvack. Approximately 170 patrons attended and donated an estimated $250,000 to $300,000, according to Variety.

Imagine listening to the sultry sounds of jazz giants like Marcus Miller and Terri Lyne Carrington at an exclusive backyard event. For Alavi, who also executive produced the upcoming doc, this is one of many events her pursuit to seek funding.

With a budget of roughly $1 million, Alavi is still about $500,000 short. She has raised $65,000 via Pledge Music, a crowdfunding platform, and for Sunday night's festivities the Herb Alpert Foundation pledged $150,000 and guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana threw in $50,000.

An important member of Miles Davis's second great quintet and a co-founder of Weather Report, Shorter is still a phenomenal performer. At the gala, where patrons paid more than $1,200 apiece to enter, Hancock and Shorter did an array of jazz hits and improv.

So for the Shorter fans out there, the upcoming doc could use some help. Maybe you will find yourself among these jazz A-listers if you do.

Check out the promo video below:

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TagsWayne Shorter, Zero Gravity Live, Dorsay Alavi, Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Herb Alpert Foundation, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock