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Joe Zawinul


Joe Zawinul belonged within a category unto himself — a Euro in the heartland from the classical music custom (Vienna) who learned to golf swing as freely as any American jazzer, and whose urge for food for development and transformation remained insatiable. Zawinul’s interest and openness to all or any kinds of noises made him among the generating pushes behind the digital jazz-rock revolution from the past due ’60s and ’70s — and afterwards, he would end up being almost by itself in discovering fusions between jazz-rock and cultural music from around the world. He was among a bare couple of synthesizer players who in fact learned how exactly to play the device, to create it an expressive, swinging section of his arsenal. Before the invention from the portable synthesizer, Zawinul’s example helped provide the Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes electrical pianos in to the jazz mainstream. Zawinul also became a substantial composer, varying (like his idol Duke Ellington) from soulful strike music to large-scale symphonic jazz canvases. However despite his traditional background, he desired to improvise compositions spontaneously onto tape instead of write them from paper. At age group six, Josef Erich Zawinul began to play the accordion in his indigenous Austria, and research in traditional piano and structure in the Vienna Conservatory quickly followed. His desire for jazz piano, in the beginning affected by George Shearing and Erroll Garner, resulted in careers with Austrian saxophonist Hans Koller in 1952 and gigs along with his very own trio in France and Germany. He immigrated to america in past due 1958 after earning a scholarship or grant to Berklee, however after just one single week in course, he left to become listed on Maynard Ferguson’s music group for eight a few months, where Mls Davis first had taken see of him. Carrying out a brief stick with Glide Hampton, Zawinul became Dinah Washington’s pianist from 1959 to 1961, and spent per month with Harry “Sweets” Edison before Cannonball Adderley selected him to fill up the piano seat in his quintet. There Zawinul remained and blossomed for nine years, adding several compositions towards the Adderley music group book — included in this the main pop strike “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Walk High,” and “Nation Preacher” — and eventually assisting to steer the Adderley group in to the digital period. While with Adderley, Zawinul advanced from a difficult bop pianist to some soul-jazz performer intensely steeped within the blues, and eventually a jazz-rock explorer over the electrical piano. Toward the finish of his Adderley gig (1969-1970), he was best in the dense of the brand new jazz-rock picture, recording many pioneering information with Kilometers Davis, adding the name tune of Davis’ Inside a Silent Method album. After documenting a self-titled single album, Zawinul remaining Adderley to create Weather Record with Wayne Shorter and Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous in November 1970. Climate Report offered the significantly self-confident Zawinul a system to evolve even more as his fascination with propulsive grooves and music from Africa and the center East ignited and created. He gradually fallen the electrical piano and only some ever more advanced synthesizers, which he perfected to levels under no circumstances thought feasible by those that derided the tools as sterile, unfeeling devices. Weather Report ultimately became a favorite group that appealed to viewers beyond jazz and intensifying rock, thanks a lot in no little component to Zawinul’s strike music “Birdland.” When Zawinul and Shorter finally found a parting of methods in 1985, Zawinul began to tour simply by himself, encircled by keyboards and tempo devices, but resurfaced the next year having a short-lived expansion of Weather Record called Weather Upgrade (which didn’t keep any recordings). Climate Update quickly progressed into another group, the Zawinul Syndicate, which on the period of ten years tilted more and more toward groove-oriented globe music affects. Zawinul showed restored curiosity about his European root base, collaborating with fellow Viennese traditional pianist Friedrich Gulda from 1987 to 1994, creating a full-blown classically structured symphony, Stories from the Danube, in 1993, and following near-disastrous Malibu fires of 1994, shifting from California to NEW YORK to become closer to European countries. In 2002 he released Encounters & Areas, his first studio room album in a number of years and something that boasted a global roster of helping musicians. He continued to release a small number of albums including Midnight Jam (2005) and Dark brown Road (2007), the last mentioned which was released the entire year his lifestyle was used by cancers. Though he explored brand-new musical paths at the same time of existence when many jazzers are very long occur their methods, Zawinul’s impact upon jazz waned because of the jazz mainstream’s retreat from consumer electronics back again to acoustic post-bop. But with global music carrying on to infiltrate the jazz globe of the 21st hundred years, Zawinul’s uplifting, still invigorating later on music might easily renew the departed keyboardist’s status like a prophet within the years ahead.

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Full Name Joe Zawinul
Date Of Birth July 7, 1932
Died September 11, 2007, Vienna, Austria
Profession Composer, Keyboard Player, Jazz Pianist
Education Berklee College of Music, Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna
Nationality Austrian
Parents Josef Zawinul
Music Groups Weather Report, The Zawinul Syndicate
Music Songs Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, In a Silent Way, A Remark You Made, My One and Only Love, Carnavalito, Zeebop, Midnight Mood, Bimoya, From Vienna, With Love, Café Andalusia, The Soul of a Village, All About Simon, Zansa II, Fast City, Siseya, 6 A.M. / Walking on the Nile, Riverbed, Masquerade Is Over, Doctor Honoris Causa, Slivovitz Trail, Come Sunday, Please Send Me Someone to Love, The Harvest, Many Churches, Waraya, Brown Street, Weihnachten 1944, Young and Fine, Too Late Now, Baptismal, Trav'lin' Light, Ochy-Bala / Pazyryk
Albums Heavy Weather, Mysterious Traveller, Mr. Gone, Weather Report, I Sing the Body Electric, Faces & Places, Stories of the Danube, The Rise and Fall of the Third Stream, The Rise & Fall of the Third Stream / Money in the Pocket, My People, 75, Di•a•lects, Brown Street, Soulmates, Dialects, Black Market, Sweetnighter, To You With Love, Zawinul, Zawinul: Stories of the Danube, Mauthausen, European Tour '57, Concerto Retitled, Fabulous Jazz Collection, Don't Worry Be Jazzy By Wayne Shorter & Joe Zawinul, Jazz Time! Vol. 2, Jazz & Limousines by Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Joe Meet Wayne, Introducing the Jazz Masters, The Jazz Series, What a Difference a Day Makes, Should Care, The Essential Joe Zawinul, The Very Best of Joe Zawinul, Beat, Money In The Pocket, A Life in Jazz, Joe Zawinul, Great Classics, Express Yourself, Works, Easy Livin' (Remastered), Days To Come, Leisure Time, Greensleeves, Broken Colour, The Rise & Fall Of The Third Stream, JAZZY CITY - Club Session by Wayne Shorter And Joe Zawinul, Great Jazz Classics
Movies Weather Report: Live at Montreux 1976, Joe Zawinul and Weather Update, Joe Zawinul: A Musical Portrait, The Best of Jazz on TDK '07

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1 Formed the band Weather Report in 1970.
2 Emigrated to the U.S. in 1959.
3 One of the creators of Jazz Fusion.



Ricki and the Flash 2015 writer: "In a Silent Way" - as Josef Zawinul
Better Call Saul 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 writer: "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - as Josef Zawinul
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011-2013 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Sparkle 2012/I writer: "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - as Josef Zawinul
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 2011 Documentary writer: "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - as Josef Zawinul
The Simpsons 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Weltberühmt in Österreich - 50 Jahre Austropop TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Gangster No. 1 2000 writer: "Mercy Mercy Mercy" - as Josef Zawinul
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert 1999 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Radiofreccia 1998 writer: "Black Market"
Late Bloomers 1996 writer: "Birdland" - as Joe Zawinul
Illusions 1992/II TV Movie "Black Market"
Play Misty for Me 1971 writer: "Country Preacher" - uncredited
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
New American Bandstand 1965 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

Bonne soirée au New Morning: Joe Zawinul Syndicate 2004 TV Movie musician: keyboards - as Joe Zawinul
25. Deutsches Jazz Festival - Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie musician: keyboards - as Joe Zawinul
Umbria Jazz '94: Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie musician: keyboards - as Joe Zawinul
Rockpalast 1978 TV Series musician - 1 episode
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One 1968 Documentary composer: additional music



Joe Zawinuls Erdzeit 2008 Documentary Himself (as Joe Zawinul)
Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe 2006 Documentary Himself (as Joe Zawinul)
Bonne soirée au New Morning: Joe Zawinul Syndicate 2004 TV Movie Himself (as Joe Zawinul)
The Miles Davis Story 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
25. Deutsches Jazz Festival - Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie Himself (as Joe Zawinul)
Umbria Jazz '94: Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie Himself (as Joe Zawinul)
Miles Davis and Friends 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Keyboard
Grammy Legends 1990 TV Special Himself
Friedrich Gulda und Joe Zawinul 1986 TV Movie Himself (as Joe Zawinul)
Rockpalast 1978 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1977 TV Series Himself
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now 1971 Documentary short Himself
Beat-Club 1971 TV Series
Ein Jahr 'Ö 3' 1968 TV Movie Himself - Musician (as Joe Zawinul)

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Archive Footage

Baumeister der Republik 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Jaco 2015 Documentary Himself
So what?! - Friedrich Gulda 2007 TV Movie documentary
Weltberühmt in Österreich - 50 Jahre Austropop 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert 1999 TV Series documentary Himself

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