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Bass Videos

Jaco Pastorius Quintet: Donna Lee (1981)

Here’s a live, rare, and unreleased clip of the Jaco Pastorius Quintet (with Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, and Don Alias) performing “Donna Lee” in 1981. Thanks to Rick Suchow for recording/sharing this one!

Bass Videos

Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary

A group of people who go by “realcut” on Youtube released a “fan-film” documentary entitled, “Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes”. Some of it includes footage they compiled from other sources while including some of their own interviews throughout.

Bass Videos

Weather Report: “Birdland” Live in 1980 (Remastered)

I stumbled upon a newly remastered version of Weather Report’s live performance in Belgrade on October 31, 1980. Jaco Pastorius is on fretted bass on this one, with the band tearing through “Birdland”, with Jaco’s “Liberty City” in the mix.


Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Solo on “All American Alien Boy”

Please help us welcome our newest contributor, Alex Lofoco! Alex’s first entry offers up a great analysis and transcription of Jaco Pastorius's bass solo on Ian Hunter’s “All American Alien Boy”.

Sheet Music & Instruction

Alex Lofoco Publishes “Contemporary Electric Bass: Jaco Pastorius”

Today is Jaco Pastorius’ birthday, so it is fitting that Alex Lofoco has a new volume of his instructional book series releasing today. “Contemporary Bass Guitar: Jaco Pastorius” is an in-depth analysis of Jaco’s “Modern Electric Bass” video.

Bass Videos

Weather Report: Black Market (Live at Montreux 1976)

Weather Report’s “Black Market” was my introduction to the band. It was also my introduction to Jaco Pastorius and Alphonso Johnson. I’ve seen this video many times, but we’ve never shared it here: their live performance of “Black Market” at Montreux.


The Path To Jaco

Mike Frost had a life-changing lesson with Jaco Pastorius in the ‘80s. In addition to recording it - which he offers here - he recounted the entire lesson (and its impact) in this guest column.

Bass Videos

Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Jaco Pastorius

I’m always impressed with Stuart Clayton’s “Giants of Bass” video series. The companion to his books by the same name, Stuart breaks down the styles of various bassists with an original piece. Check out his piece, “A Portrait of Jaco”


Jaco Pastorius: Unpublished 1976 Interview Released

Reverb has shared a previously unpublished interview with Jaco Pastorius by Tony Bacon. The interview is incredible, focusing on Jaco’s debut album, how he learned to play the bass, his approach to composing and arranging, and more.

Bass Videos

Jeff Berlin on Jaco Pastorius: Harmonics

In my younger years, Jaco Pastorius and Jeff Berlin were two of the titans of bass I looked up to. So it was super cool to spot this video by Jeff talking about Jaco’s use of harmonics. I remember watching Modern Electric Bass back in the ’80s. Jerry Jemmott asked Jaco how he came to use harmonics in his playing....

Bass Videos

Jaco Pastorius Big Band: Sophisticated Lady

On this day in 1951, Jaco Pastorius was born. We’re celebrating with this clip from his big band performance in Tokyo on September 1, 1982, which features Jaco and Toots Thielemans on Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady.” Happy birthday, Jaco. We miss you.


Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

Today marks 30 years since Jaco Pastorius passed away. Though three decades have come and gone, his approach to the bass and singular voice on the instrument is still strongly felt. We remember him today with a collection of reader favorite videos and transcriptions from our archives