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  • Jaco Pastorius Documentary and Unreleased Compilation to be Celebrated on Record Store Day

    Jaco Pastorius Documentary and Unreleased Compilation to be Celebrated on Record Store Day

    Jaco, the much anticipated documentary film about Jaco Pastorius is in the news once again. The film, produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand has been selected as the Official Film of Record Store Day 2014. The one day event takes place on April 19, 2014. “Record Store... »

  • 2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #4: Jaco Pastorius

    2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #4: Jaco Pastorius

    Thanks to the web, we’re now able to see and hear recordings of Jaco Pastorius that otherwise would have remained in private collections or shared among traders as we did back in the day. And thanks to many of these videos we’re able to share, Jaco routinely makes the top 10 Reader Favorites list each... »

  • Peter Erskine on Jaco Pastorius’ Stage Antics

    Peter Erskine on Jaco Pastorius’ Stage Antics

    In celebration of the 62nd birthday of Jaco Pastorius today, we decided to share this awesome video of drummer Peter Erskine reminiscing about his first live experience with Jaco and Weather Report. »

  • Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

    Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

    It is always interesting to hear one prolific musician speak about another prolific musician. Will Lee did just that, sharing his thoughts on Jaco Pastorius. From his home studio (dubbed “The Beatles Museum”), Will starts off by playing a fretless bass, points at it and says “Jaco invented this thing… it’s amazing.” The interview covers... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: Donna Lee, Live

    Jaco Pastorius: Donna Lee, Live

    September 21st is a sad day in the world of bass. Twenty-six years ago today, Jaco Pastorius passed away at the age of 35. I’m playing more Jaco music than usual today (if that’s possible), and that has also included several videos. And then I stumbled upon this rarity: Jaco performing “Donna Lee” live in... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: “Chromatic Fantasy”, Live (1986)

    Jaco Pastorius: “Chromatic Fantasy”, Live (1986)

    When Kevin sent me this video, I was stunned… such a rare gem and an excellent closeup of Jaco Pastorius performing solo in 1986. This was during one of his gigs with drummer Brian Melvin. I don’t recall many videos of Jaco performing “Chromatic Fantasy”, but this one has to be among the best of... »

  • Felix Pastorius Talks About Recording with Jaco’s Bass

    Felix Pastorius Talks About Recording with Jaco’s Bass

    When Felix Pastorius joined the Yellowjackets to fill in for Jimmy Haslip, the move was supposed to be temporary. When Haslip ultimately decided not to return, Pastorius stayed on and went into the studio for the group’s newest album, A Rise In The Road, which came out late last month. But the story is even... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Trio: “Black Market” (March 1986)

    Jaco Pastorius Trio: “Black Market” (March 1986)

    In 1986, Jaco Pastorius toured Europe in a trio with guitarist Bireli Lagrene and different drummers. While there are recordings out there documenting some of these performances (including this one), videos from that period always seemed highly unlikely – thanks to it being the mid-80′s, when technology was pretty lousy compared with today’s standards. Thankfully... »

  • Bass Centre Introduces Jaco Pastorius Tribute Bass

    Bass Centre Introduces Jaco Pastorius Tribute Bass

    The Bass Centre is paying tribute to the late great Jaco Pastorius with their new Portrait Bass. Based on their Jive Bass, the latest addition to the Bass Collection range features a lined fretless rosewood fingerboard and Solar Flare finish. The Portrait Bass also comes without a pickguard, similar to how Jaco kept his instruments.... »

  • Weather Report: Finale At Reading (1978)

    Over the years, we’ve been treated to some videos of Weather Report’s 1978 performance in Reading and Washington, Pennsylvania. These videos, shared by Rick Suchow, were filmed by Dr. Fred Erskine, the father of drummer Peter Erskine. As Rick shared previously, “The sound came direct from the front-of-house mix board, engineered by Brian Risner, and... »