What is the best way
to celebrate your birthday, when you are a celebrity in Jazz?
When we mused about this question with Jazz-legend Joe Zawinul,
the plan for his 70th birthday in July 2002 became clear very
quickly: Joe would want to visit his home town Vienna and he would
himself give a concert on that occasion!
A remarkable carreer
Joe has a remarkable carreer to look back at: from humble beginnings
of a youth in pre-war Vienna to first ties with the legendary
Jazz scene of New York City in the 1960-ies to a leading and formative
role in Miles Davies' Band - for whom he wrote pieces like "In
a silent way" - and an ongoing endeavour of musical innovation
in World-Fusion-Jazz with his own bands "Weather Report"
and then "Zawinul Syndicate" up to the day.
The best setting
The best setting for such a special night in Joe Zawinul's honour
was evident - the Town Hall of Vienna, offering a wonderful courtyard,
an island of relaxation and atmosphere in the heart of the city.
The neo-gothic ambience of the Town Hall adds to the flair of
the space and up-to-date facilities guarantee the comfort of both
artists and their audience.