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Jaco Pastorius

"Jaco" was born John Francis Pastorius III, the first of three sons born to John Francis Pastorius II and Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius. He had Finnish, German, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. Although "Jaco" was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the family subsequently moved to Fort Lauderdale. Jaco went to elementary and middle school at St. Clement's Catholic School in Wilton Manors, and he was an altar boy at the adjoining church. He went to high school at Northeast High in Oakland Park. He was a talented athlete with skills in football, basketball, and baseball, and he picked up music at an early age. He took the name "Anthony" at his confirmation.

The Word is Out

Label: Heads Up International
Released: 2006
Track listing: Dania; Las Olas; Sirabhorn; Beaver Patrol; Cannonball; Kuru / Speak Like a Child; Three Views of a Secret; Blackbird / Word of Mouth; Good Morning Anya; River People; Reza.

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Jaco Pastorius Big Band: The Word Is Out

Read "The Word Is Out" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Tribute albums are a tricky vehicle of expression. Their success depends on the tributary's artistic vision, the quality of the performances, and the value-added content. The Word Is Out, a tribute to the late Jaco Pastorius, is a sequel to the warmly received Word Of Mouth Revisited (Heads Up, 2003), a brilliant record which got support ...

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Jaco Pastorius Big Band: The Word Is Out

Read "The Word Is Out" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

When Word of Mouth Revisited came out in the summer of 2003, I predicted it would hold up as the best new jazz album of the year. I'll make no such claims for The Word Is Out. It's already trailing Spyro Gyra's Wrapped in a Dream, Janis Siegel's A Thousand Beautiful Things and Steve Khan's The ...

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Jaco Pastorius Big Band: The Word is Out

Read "The Word is Out" reviewed by Jim Santella

With this second album by the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, led by Peter Graves in South Florida, we're reminded of the impact that the virtuosic bassist left behind. Pastorius' big band roots go all the way back to his earliest professional development. Before the bassist got noticed, he had been working near his home ...

Word of Mouth Revisited

Label: Heads Up International
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. Jaco Speaks 2. Havona 3. Teen Town 4. Jaco Speaks 5. Punk Jazz 6. Jaco Speaks 7. Barbary Coast 8. Killing Me Softly 9. Jaco Speaks 10. (Used to Be A) Cha Cha 11. Wiggle Waggle 12. Jaco Speaks 13. Continuum 14. Jaco Speaks 15. Elegant People 16. Opus Pocus 17. Peter & Jaco Speak 18. Domingo 19. Forgotten Love 20. Jaco Speaks 21. Punk Jazz Revisited

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Jaco Pastorius Big Band: Word of Mouth Revisited

Read "Word of Mouth Revisited" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

It may be surprising to learn that legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius had deep roots in the big band tradition. His father Jack was a big band singer and drummer in the late '40s and early '50s, and in Jaco's early twenties he played for five years with the Peter Graves Orchestra, a progressive big band located ...


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