What are the odds? What are the odds that you start playing the electric bass, and it’s not because your uncle is Jaco Pastorius? It’s not because David Pastorius never met his uncle. It’s not that the family wasn’t close. All of this strangeness happened because David was not introduced to the instrument by his famous uncle (but by a friend) and it’s also because his musical aspirations (at the time) were nowhere near the same musical lineage that brought us Jaco.
With that, David Pastorius is a beast of a bass player. Go ahead and YouTube him (watch him go).
Currently, David is resurrecting his band, Local 518, and continues to play live with famed rocker, Pat Travers. A fan of hard rock, hip-hop and players like Flea and Robert Trujillo, David mixes genres and grooves with a powerful and direct approach. He has also performed on the Jaco Pastorius Big Band’s Word of Mouth Revisited album and contributed to the documentary, Jaco, produced and co-written by Trujillo. David (along with musical artists Rodrigo y Gabriela, Chino Moreno, and Tech N9ne) are featured in a song during the final film credits.
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