Weather Report co-leaders and principle composers, keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, were among the founders of jazz fusion, first partnering as key sidemen on Miles Davis’ groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew albums. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Weather Report consistently and innovatively blended elements of jazz, R&B, funk, art music, Latin and world music, and demonstrated of high levels of compositional and improvisational skill. Weather Report’s evolving lineups included such master musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Alphonso Johnson, Alphonse Mouzon, Narada Michael Walden and Chester Thompson.
Did you know?
- Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter had first met and become friends in 1959 while they were playing in Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band
- Immediately before forming Weather Report, Shorter and Zawinul both played on Miles Davis’ landmark ‘fusion’ albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew
- Weather Report won DownBeat Magazine’s ‘Jazz Combo of the Year’ award for 8 consecutive years (1971-1978)