Viennese jazz artist Josef Erich “Joe” Zawinul combined traditional jazz with elements of rock and world music. Comprising alums from several of his musical projects, the Zawinul Legacy Band unites to honor this pioneering jazz keyboardist and composer.
Joe Zawinul's death in 2007 indisputably robbed the jazz world of one of its most innovative and distinctive keyboardists and composers. So monumental was his loss that upon Zawinul's passing, the president of Austria—where Zawinul was born in 1932—issued a statement calling him a "music ambassador who will remain unforgettable to us all."
That is the mission of the Zawinul Legacy Band: to ensure that Joe Zawinul's music thrives and grows even with its namesake gone. When the quintet makes its first Carnegie Hall appearance in Zankel Hall, it will draw from Zawinul's deep catalog and beyond—but one thing it won't do is imitate.