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 Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius

Original Name John Francis
Birth
Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 Sep 1987 (aged 35)
Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA
Burial Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA
Plot Section L, Block 219, Grave 8
Memorial ID 1995 · View Source
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Musician. Born John Francis Pastorius, III in Norristown, Pennsylvania, he was a master jazz performer acknowledged for his virtuoso skills as an electric bass player. In the late 1960s, he was playing R&B in local bands when he begun to appreciate jazz music. He began playing with his friend and jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny and together with drummer Bruce Ditmas they recorded the album "Bright Size Light" in 1974. He recorded a solo titled album "Joco Pastorius" in 1976, which exploded onto the jazz scene and many consider this to be the finest bass album ever recorded. Soon he appeared on many albums by other artists to include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn, Joni Mitchell and many more. Around this time, he joined the jazz group Weather Report and he made his indelible mark on jazz music, by being featured on one of the most popular jazz albums of all time, the Grammy Award nominated "Heavy Weather" (1977). In 1981, he left Weather Report to pursue other interest and released his second solo album "Word of Mouth'. 1982, found him touring Japan, the U.S. and he recorded a third solo album "Holiday for Pans". By 1986, he had released a third solo album "Invitation" (1983) and due to the demands of performing he was having deteriorating health and behavior problems. He moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in December of 1986, where he wondered the streets until his untimely death at age 35. He was posthumously inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988. To honor his legend, the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, California, released the first Jaco Pastorius Signature Jazz Bass in 1991, which remains in production to date.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1995
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jaco Pastorius (1 Dec 1951–21 Sep 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1995, citing Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .