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