[image-1]Man, some music news travels pretty slowly. I just read that veteran jazz musician Joe Zawinul — an innovative keyboardist known best in recent decades for his experimental work with the band Weather Report — died on Sept. 10 at his home in Vienna. He had been hospitalized since last month and suffered from a rare form of skin cancer.

After relocating from Austria to the U.S. in 1959, Zawinul studied music at Berklee and performed with Maynard Ferguson’s big band, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, and Miles Davis before forming Weather Report on 1970 wit saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The instrumental band produced a series of albums including Heavy Weather, Black Market, I Sing the Body Electric, Weather Report, and the award-winning live album 8:30.

After Weather Report broke up in 1986, Zawinul went on to form The Zawinul Syndicate.

Here are a couple of video clips (via YouTube.com) of Zawinul with Weather Report jamming on some Weather Report classics — “Teen Town,” “Black Market,” and “Birdland.”


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