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Top 10: The Most Popular Jaco Pastorius Videos on No Treble

We’ve featured a lot of Jaco Pastorius videos in our 2+ year existence. We looked back at the top ones based on views, to come up with this special Top 10 list, in honor of Jaco’s 60th birthday today.

Which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts below.

Jaco Pastorius: Unreleased “Teen Town” Live Video 1978

1. Jaco Pastorius: Unreleased “Teen Town” Live Video 1978

Here’s some amazing and really rare footage of Weather Report performing Jaco Pastorius‘s “Teen Town”, filmed live in Reading, PA in 1978 by a member of the audience. While the video isn’t very good quality, the performance is top notch, with the quartet of Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine and Jaco.

Jaco Pastorius: Solo / Chromatic Fantasy / Blackbird – Live in Italy (1986)

2. Jaco Pastorius: Solo / Chromatic Fantasy / Blackbird – Live in Italy (1986)

Ingrid Pastorius shared this video of Jaco Pastorius performing solo in front of an audience in Italy in 1986. This performance includes Chromatic Fantasy/Blackbird, which appears on Jaco’s Word of Mouth album. Always great to see new footage of Jaco!

Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Band: Soul Intro/The Chicken, Live (1983)

3. Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Band: Soul Intro/The Chicken, Live (1983)

Jaco Pastorius‘s Word of Mouth band took on many forms over the years. This line up – Mike Stern, Alex Foster, Ron Tooley, Don Alias, Kenwood Dennard and Delmar Brown – performs “Soul Intro / The Chicken”, live in Nice in 1983.

Jaco Pastorius 1979 solo performance: Continuum

4. Jaco Pastorius 1979 solo performance: Continuum

We discovered this rare Jaco Pastorius video thanks to Ingrid Pastorius sharing it with us on Facebook recently. This video was recorded at the Berliner Jazz Stage, live in 1979. Ingrid sets up the video with some pretty cool insider knowledge: “…that day Jaco met Toots for the first time, had a backstage conversation with…

Jaco Pastorius & Weather Report: Birdland Live (1978)

5. Jaco Pastorius & Weather Report: Birdland Live (1978)

More previously unreleased Jaco Pastorius gold: a live performance of “Birdland”, performed by Weather Report in Pennsylvania in 1978. Drummer Peter Erskine’s father Dr. Fred Erskine filmed the concerts in both Reading and Washington, Pennsylvania. Peter shared with Rick Suchow, “The sound came direct from the front-of-house mix board, engineered by Brian Risner, and my…

Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading, 1978)

6. Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading, 1978)

Here’s some newly posted footage of Jaco Pastorius taking a solo during a Weather Report concert in Reading, PA in October, 1978.

Jaco Pastorius: Solo, Washington DC (1978)

7. Jaco Pastorius: Solo, Washington DC (1978)

Here’s another video gem featuring Jaco Pastorius. This solo was performed during a Weather Report concert in 1978 in Washington, DC and includes a cool version of Jaco’s famous “Slang” solo and Hendrix’s Band of Gypsy references.

Jaco Pastorius: Live Solo (Berlin Jazz Festival, 1979)

8. Jaco Pastorius: Live Solo (Berlin Jazz Festival, 1979)

In this video, Jaco Pastorius takes a solo during a Weather Report appearance at Berliner Jazztage ’79. This was broadcast as “Focus on Jazz” on German TV. Jaco covers a lot of musical ground, including Wayne Shorter’s “Delores”.

Jaco Pastorius & Toots Thielemans: Sophisticated Lady (1982)

9. Jaco Pastorius & Toots Thielemans: Sophisticated Lady (1982)

Two masters at work, Jaco Pastorius and Toots Thielemans, perform Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” in this 1982 performance in New York City. Youtuber jazzz65 added the nice visuals to this audio recording.

Jaco Pastorius: The Complete Shadows & Light Solo

10. Jaco Pastorius: The Complete Shadows & Light Solo

For years, Jaco Pastorius‘s “Slang” solo on Joni Mitchell’s Shadows & Light DVD has been a wildly popular clip. Turns out, we’ve only heard part of it. Obviously, someone in the editing room decided to cut Jaco’s solo down for the DVD. Thankfully, we can now hear the complete solo, including parts of “Chromatic Fantasy”….