[JPL] Salute To Joe Zawinul on XM 72-Beyond Jazz

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We mark the passing of the great Joe Zawinul (see story below)…XM 72, Beyond Jazz will salute Joe with two special presentations Friday and Saturday this week!
A JOE ZAWINUL FUSION-FEST on a special edition of IF IT’S FRIDAY, THIS MUST BE FUSION!  Every Friday we present an exclusive Beyond Jazz feature that focuses on the moment in jazz history when the music became electric and all the musical influences of the world blended with jazz to create the Fusion Era. Well, few in the history of the genre had more to do with shaping what fusion would and could be than the late, great JOE ZAWINUL, so each hour beginning at 7 AM Eastern/4 AM Pacific until midnight Eastern/9 PM Pacific you’ll hear a classic fusion piece with that JOE ZAWINUL stamp on it. It’s everything from his work with Miles Davis to the incredible fusion super-group Weather Report.  It’s A JOE ZAWINUL FUSION-FEST on a special edition of IF IT’S FRIDAY, THIS MUST BE FUSION!
We had planned to celebrate the 30-year career of the great band Spyro Gyra on this Saturday’s edition of WORDS & MUSIC here on BEYOND JAZZ, but with the shocking news of the passing of modern jazz pioneer JOE ZAWINUL on Tuesday we’ll save that special for another day and instead give you a special presentation titled JOE ZAWINUL: FIVE DECADES OF GREATNESS!  Join Russ Davis as he shares portions of his many conversations over the years with Joe, including his recent interview this past winter before his blistering live performance at New York’s Jazz @ Lincoln Center.  You’ll hear music from the 70’s through today including his solo work, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Weather Report, The Zawinul Syndicate and of course his newest release, “Brown Street,” recorded live at his own club, Joe Zawinul’s Birdland in his hometown of Vienna, Austria, where he passed away on Tuesday. Interview segments followed by music begin each hour from Noon through Midnight Eastern time (9 AM-9 PM Pacific). It's JOE ZAWINUL: FIVE DECADES OF GREATNESS, this week’s WORDS & MUSIC, Saturday from BEYOND JAZZ.
Russ Davis
Program Director
Beyond Jazz 
33 West 60th Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10023
russ.davis at xmradio.com 
Keyboardist/composer/bandleader Joe Zawinul, who rose to fame as one of the creators of jazz fusion, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, of Merkel cell carcinoma. He was 75. Zawinul had been hospitalized since last month. 
Zawinul won widespread acclaim for his keyboard work on chart-topping Miles Davis albums such as In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew, and is credited with bringing the electric piano and synthesizer into the jazz mainstream.
In 1970, Zawinul founded the band Weather Report and produced a series of albums including Heavy Weather, Black Market and I Sing the Body Electric. After Weather Report’s breakup, he founded the Zawinul Syndicate in 1987. This past spring, he toured Europe to mark the 20th anniversary of the Zawinul Syndicate.
Zawinul’s last album, Brown Street, was released by Heads Up International on February 27, 2007. The two-disc set captured Zawinul, a few of his longtime friends and collaborators, and the 15-piece WDR Big Band in an electrifying live performance. Recorded in October 2005 at Zawinul’s own Birdland Club in Vienna, Brown Street showcased Zawinul, Syndicate drummer Nathaniel Townsley, Weather Report and Syndicate bassist Victor Bailey and Weather Report drummer/percussionist Alex Acuna in expanded, orchestral renditions of some of the finest Zawinul compositions from the highly influential Weather Report oeuvre. 
“Joe Zawinul was a true jazz pioneer,” says Dave Love, President of Heads Up. “He was an artist who was always looking forward. He was respected for his innovative style, and the jazz fusion community will be indebted to him forever for his contributions.”
Merkel cell carcinoma, also called neuroendocrine cancer of the skin, is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles. Merkel cell carcinoma usually appears as firm, painless, shiny lumps of skin. These lumps or tumors can be red, pink, or blue in color and vary in size from less than a quarter of an inch to more than two inches. Merkel cell carcinoma is usually found on the sun-exposed areas of the head, neck, arms, and legs. 
Zawinul’s wife, Maxine, had died earlier this year. He is survived by his sons Eric, Ivan and Anthony.

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