Shannon is a featured critic in the documentary UNIVERSE, the rediscovered orchestral suite written by Wayne Shorter over 50 years ago for Miles Davis. It was left unrecorded and untouched until now by Davis' protégé, the late trumpeter Wallace Roney.
UNIVERSE made its North American premiere on November 11th as an official selection of DOC NYC.
Shannon Ali (Shannon J. Effinger) has been a freelance arts journalist and cultural critic for over a decade. Her writing on all things jazz and music regularly appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR Music, Pitchfork, Bandcamp, EBONY, Jazziz, Jazzwise, and Downbeat, among others.