Weather Report in new documentary

Pioneering jazz-rock band Weather Report is to feature in a new crowd-funded documentary directed by Tony Zawinul

A new documentary charting the story of American jazz-rock band Weather Report is in the making, featuring such former members as Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine and Alphonso Johnson, and directed by Tony Zawinul, son of WR co-founder Joe Zawinul (pictured).

The documentary, titled Calm Before The Storm, will be made as part of a crowdfunding initiative where fans can donate to the project in exchange for "perks" including VIP tickets to the 2014 Weather Report Legacy Tour, dinner with Wayne Shorter and Peter Erskine, and a chance to be interviewed for the documentary. Funding for the project will close on 17 January 2014.

Calm Before The Storm will document the group's career from its beginnings with founders Shorter and Zawinul in 1970, through to its dissolution in 1986 when Shorter began to concentrate more on solo work.

Director Zawinul said of the crowdfunding project: "We've seen phenomenal fan support from every corner of the world. Weather Report had millions of fans over the years and it's a joy to see their reactions to this landmark initiative."

Wayne Shorter has described the documentary as "a chance to find out something that happened because of a group of people who have gone down a trail less tread upon in the music world" while Peter Erskine described Weather Report as "the closest thing that jazz had to the Beatles. The fans are still worldwide and hungry for the band's legacy."

Those interested in backing the project can do so at and can find out more about the documentary and Weather Report itself at (signup required).

Sally Evans-Darby

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