September 11, 2007

Joe Zawinul Dies at the Age of 75

Joe Zawinul, the legendary keyboard player and electric jazz pioneer died Tuesday, September 11 at the age of 75. He had been hospitalized in a Viennese hospital since last month.

Joe Zawinul helped shaping the sound of jazz fusion. He played in Miles Davis' band and appeared on albums like In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.

In 1970 he formed his own band called Weather Report together with Wayne Shorter and people like (over the years) Miroslav Vitous, Airto Moreira, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, Peter Erskine and Victor Bailey. Zawinul scored two world hits with the songs Mercy, mercy, mercyBirdland and . When Weather Report split up, he formed the band The Zawinul Syndicate.

Here is a video of the Weather Report playing Birdland (with Jaco):

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