Jaco Pastorius, the “World’s Greatest Bass Player,” is being honored by another grass-roots effort to continue the preservation of his memory, influence and music, in the form of a Jaco Pastorius commemorative stamp. The online petition can be found here for showing your support and approval. Be sure to check out the grass-roots Oakland Park MySpace page.
Other great jazz musicians honored with commemorative stamps include: John Coltrane (1995), Jimmy Dorsey (1996), Tommy Dorsey (1996), Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1986), Erroll Garner (1995), Glenn Miller (1996), Charlie Mingus (1995), Thelonious Monk (1995), and Charlie Parker (1995).
Previously, Jaco was honored in his hometown of Oakland Park, Florida, with the unanimous vote to name the city’s new downtown park after him. The commemoration was the result of a two and a half year grass-roots effort by a South Florida Fan Group, headed by Robert Rutherford.
For those of you who have not seen him, here is Pastorius playing Portrait of Tracy, from the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976: