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Jaco Pastorius


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December 1, 1951 - September 21, 1987


Bassist, composer and bandleader Jaco Pastorius was born on December 1, 1951 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Jaco made waves with the release of his self-titled 1976 debut, establishing his inventive fusion style and demonstrating his technical prowess.

He joined Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul’s band Weather Report later that year.

He is one of seven bassists, and the only electric bassist, to be inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

His work as bassist for Weather Report from 1976 to 1981 put him on the map. He also worked with Joni Mitchell and his own solo projects.

Clearly one of the best bass players to have ever picked up the instrument, an innovator and genius on the electric bass.

Down Beat named him to their Jazz Hall of Fame, one of only seven bass players total to have the honorable distinction in the history of jazz.

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