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Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate feat. Arnaud Delafosse

The facts:

Phone call just after midnight Friday 25 Oct 2002 for a gig later in the day, in Cork (Ireland). The Cork Jazz festival, with Joe Zawinul (Paco's in Milan and his passport ...in Munich Airport's lost properties)

The meeting:

Joe: “Hi! ... I've never heard you play before.”
me: “nope.” (we both smile...)
Joe: “Can you play fast??...”

The conditions:

Have I heard the last album? No.
I've got 1 hour in the hotel room to check it out
and 5 mins with the musicians at the end of the meal.
No rehearsal. No soundcheck. Not EVEN a line-check.

The last words:

Joe: “Hey man, you did a great job. You can be proud of yourself!”

The lasting thought:

I am... I'm also the happiest drummer in the world.

The video:

Here's a (2'20'') excerpt of Joe's interview*, backstage straight after the gig, where he talks about our encounter... :)

* Many thanks to Didier Tombarel

Pictures (click to enlarge)
stage 1 stage 2 stage 3 stage 4 stage 5 stage 6
stage 7 stage 8 stage 9 band Joe & moi crew




...to other Joe Zawinul content:

(Joe's label) ESC's site: http://www.esc-records.de/public/index_en.html

http://www.zawinulmusic.com (NEW! some great pictures)


http://www.birdland.at (Joe's Birdland club in Vienna)






etc etc...