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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.

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Selma Boragian

Brazilian singer, vocal arranger and conductor Selma Boragian has been part of the artistic team of the University of São Paulo Choir (CORALUSP) since 1999. She graduated from UNICAMP in Popular Music and completed a Masters in Music at USP, specializing in vocal arrangements for choir. Her book “ O samba em arranjos para coral" was published in Europe, by "New Academic Editions” in 2019.

She is the founder of the renowned vocal group Arirê, where she participated as a singer and arranger. The female vocal quartet released two acclaimed albums; the second one, inspired by João Gilberto, on the SESC label.


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Garda Jazz Festival

Read "Garda Jazz Festival" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Trentino Jazz Garda Jazz Festival Diverse località dell'Alto Garda 31.7-13.8.2023 Il Garda Jazz Festival, nell'ambito dell'ampia programmazione di Trentino Jazz, esibiva quest'anno sui propri manifesti lo slogan “Getting Younger," con riferimento sia al potere rigenerante della buona musica sulle funzioni cognitive, che alla presenza nel cartellone di una folta schiera ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Randy Bernsen, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Berg and Larry Coryell

Read "Randy Bernsen, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Berg and Larry Coryell" reviewed by Len Davis

From the '70s to 2005. Drummer Horace Arnold, Randy Bernsen, with Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Miley from Altered and David Binney from his album Point Game. The late Bob Berg from In The Shadows with Mike Stern, Tom Coster with Dennis Chambers and the late Larry Coryell with Spaces Revisited from 1997. Plus French Canadian bassist Alain ...


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The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Islands

Read "Islands" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The music on these Islands is almost as sizzling as the summer weather in sun-drenched Miami, thanks to composer/arranger Dan Bonsanti's Florida-based, world-class The 14 Jazz Orchestra, whose fourth album provides yet another textbook lesson in the art of colorful and swinging big-band rhetoric. Bonsanti formed the ensemble as a rehearsal band in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michel Colombier, Jaco Pastorius and John McLaughlin

Read "Michel Colombier, Jaco Pastorius and John McLaughlin" reviewed by Len Davis

Brazilian drummer Cuca Teixeira, French band Shob, and from Croatia Vasil Hadzimanov Band with David Binney. Fontanelle from their album Vitamin F and Dennis Chambers from Groove and More featuring Scott Henderson. French composer the late Michel Colombier with guest Jaco Pastorius, and Jaco Pastorius again with a track from Modern American Music. We finish with ...


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Bill Ortiz: Points of View

Read "Points of View" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Long associated with Carlos Santana, with whom he had a 16-year stint, trumpeter Bill Ortiz steps into the spotlight here with an auspicious and highly entertaining session. Ten selections showcase Ortiz who is supported by some of the Bay area's best. The order of the day is energy, excitement, and an overall superb show.


Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2023

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2023" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Quebec June 29-July 3, 2023 The 2023 festival continued the broad offering of free shows that was so prominent last year. They were frequently strong enough to vie with the ticketed concerts (which were also quite diverse and featured marquee artists from jazz and adjacent ...


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Ben Wolfe: Unjust

Read "Unjust" reviewed by Dave Linn

The history of modern jazz contains only a handful of bass players who have both led their own groups and been visionary in their compositions and approach. Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Jaco Pastorius and Christian McBride are those who come to mind. With the release of his 10th album, Unjust, Ben Wolfe shows he ...


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Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...


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