Josef Erich Zawinul (July 7, 1932 – September 11, 2007) was a jazz keyboardist and composer.
First coming to prominence with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, Zawinul went on to play with trumpeter Miles Davis, and to become one of the earliest musicians to play jazz fusion, which blended jazz with rock and roll. Later, Zawinul co-founded the groups Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate. Additionally, he made pioneering use of electric piano and synthesizers. Zawinul won 30 times the "Best Keyboardist" award from American jazz magazine Down Beat's critics' poll.
Several artists have honored Zawinul with songs, notably Brian Eno's instrumental "Zawinul/Lava", John McLaughlin's instrumental "Jozy", Warren Cuccurullo's "Hey Zawinul" and Biréli Lagrène's instrumental "Josef".
Zawinul was born and grew up on Landstraße,in Vienna, Austria, where he went to school with
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