Zawinul Legacy Band
The Zawinul Legacy Band is the only official music representative that promotes and keeps
the vision of Joe Zawinul's musical legacy alive. But make no mistake; this is no ordinary
"tribute" band. These musicians not only appreciate and value the creative and original
music of Joe Zawinul-including Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate-but they lived it
right alongside him. The core of the Zawinul Legacy Band is made up of players who have
first-hand experience performing and recording with Joe, giving them an invaluable insight
and understanding of his music. In keeping with Joe's legacy for musical innovation and the
discovery of new talent, the Zawinul Legacy Band also welcomes new players who embody and
honor the spirit of his music.
Keyboardist Scott Kinsey has been one of Joe's most successful students from the "Zawinul
school of keyboards" and collaborated with the Zawinul Syndicate on several projects as
keyboard programmer. Kinsey went on to play with jazz-fusion band Tribal Tech and
contributed to motion picture soundtracks, most notably Ocean's Eleven and
Being the youngest member of the Zawinul Legacy Band does not stop Hadrien Feraud from
being widely known as a talented bass player throughout the world. At 29 years old, Feraud
has already played with many renowned musicians, including Chick Corea, John McLaughlin,
Jada Pinkett Smith, and Matthew Garrison.
Percussionist Bobby Thomas Jr. was a member of Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate.
After his time playing with Joe Zawinul, Bobby T. continued to perform with Stan Getz,
David Sanborn, and Carlos Santana.
After playing with Joe in the Zawinul Syndicate, drummer Mike Baker moved on to become the
music director and drummer for Whitney Houston. He's also worked with such other great
musicians as Elton John, Sting, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera, and Usher.
Saxophonist and flute player Katisse Buckingham has performed and/or recorded with the
Yellowjackets, Prince , Dr. Dre, Airto and Flora Purim, Billy Childs, Vanessa Paradis,
Herbie Hancock, Poncho Sanchez, Dave Douglas, Andy Summers, Pete Yorn, Colin Hay (Men at
Work), Lionel Richie, Amos Lee, Brian Auger, Lenny White, Roy Ayres, Simon Phillips, Ricky
Lawson, and other notable musicians. He has also played on numerous films, including the
"jazz flute" scene in the Will Ferrell film Anchorman.
For more information about the Zawinul Legacy Band, visit joezawinul.com.