Guitarist Carlos Santana has reached out to two of the greatest living jazz musicians, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and the trio have formed a new jazz-rock collective called Mega Nova. The new collective will play its debut performance on Wednesday, August 24th, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.
The supergroup will also feature the renowned jazz bassist Marcus Miller plus Carlos’ wife and current Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana.
Carlos recently told Rolling Stone that the initial project was his idea, and that he was inspired by Wayne Shorter’s acclaimed 1969 fusion album Super Nova.
Santana revealed that before they formed the supergroup he made a suggestion to the other musicians in the group. “I asked them if it was OK for me to start a rumor that we were going to do something together, and they said, ‘Of course.’ So I started a rumor, and here we are.”
Shorter, Hancock, and Miller are all veterans of the jazz scene and have also played with late jazz giant Miles Davis who happens to be one of Santana’s heroes. Carlos told Rolling Stone that he considers it a real blessing that the project has come to fruition.
While Santana obviously put together this new group, he says he’ll very much be a team player in Mega Nova.
Carlos explained: “It starts with surrender. I immediately defer to [Shorter and Hancock], and I wait my turn to see when they invite me to come up with something. I’m very honored and grateful that they trust me.”
The upcoming Hollywood Bowl concert is Mega Nova’s only date in the diary as of yet but Santana told Rolling Stone that he’d like to someday tour with the group and spread its positive unifying message.
“I want to be able to travel with this band eventually, and be the peace ambassadors,” he said, “which is what Louis Armstrong used to be, and what I would say Bob Marley or John Lennon represented.”
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