THE SYNDICATE Eng – Saulkrasti Jazz Festival


Walter Sitz (Austria),  


Josef Lackner (Austria),  


Thierry Eliez (France),  


Jorge Bezzera Junior (Brazil),  

percussion, vocals

Andrej Prozorov (Ukraine),  

alto and soprano sax

Amit Chatterjee (India),  


Joe Zawinul, one of the most important voices in Jazz, performed and toured with his own band The Zawinul Syndicate for two decades, from 1988 to 2007.


After the death of their leader the band continued to play together calling themselves The Syndicate and keeping alive the musical heritage of their mentor. Along with the Zawinul veterans a number of newcomers provide impressive example of their musical skills and have brought a young, fresh and personal touch into the band.


The Syndicate has issued an album of their own with the title File under Zawinul comprised of six works by the master, played in his unmistakable style but in the same time in independent interpretation that reflects the characters of the musicians.


Most of the musicians have been playing with Mr. Zawinul, some them for more than 10 years, five of them took part in the recording of the CD Joe Zawinul 75 that recently won the World Grammy for best Jazz CD!


It was Zawinuls wish that the band would go on, and thanks to the musicians and Joe Zawinuls manager for the past 20 years, Mrs. Risa Zincke, his music is kept alive!


This is The Zawinul project; but they all have own bands and also perform with such variety of names as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cheb Khaled, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Karim Ziad, Manu Dibango, Wayne Shorter – the list could go on and on…


In other words, you will be able to experience major musical capacities, all together adding their personal spices, to create a unique and magic concert!