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Jaco Pastorius

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"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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Article: Interview

Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney

Read "Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2001. The following conversation took place in Wallace Roney's room at Wyndham Hotel in downtown Montreal on Sunday, July 8th 2001, the day after he performed Miles and Miles: A Musical Journey, his tribute commemorating both the seventy-fifth anniversary of ...

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Article: Album Review

Natsuki Tamura: Koki Solo

Read "Koki Solo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Birthday celebrations have found their way into jazz recordings since the Louis Armstrong era. Illinois Jacquet, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, and Jaco Pastorius have directly baked the cake into album titles while other artists have taken an indirect approach to celebrating. Satoko Fujii broke the mold in 2019 with a new release each month in commemoration ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

New Memphis Colorways and Utopia: Way Outside the Box

Read "New Memphis Colorways and Utopia: Way Outside the Box" reviewed by Doug Collette


Rendering cliches moot is no small achievement. Yet if these two records prove anything, it is that it's possible to accomplish this daunting task in a variety of ways. In the case of Paul Taylor, aka New Memphis Colorways, his truth lies in the restoration of the fundamental notion a single individual can indeed sound like ...

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Article: Album Review

Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra: Tales From The Jacquard

Read "Tales From The Jacquard" reviewed by Chris May


Reed player Julian Siegel has been an important part of the London jazz scene since the late 1990s, when he cofounded Partisans, a high-energy quartet completed by guitarist Phil Robson, bassist Thad Kelly and drummer Gene Calderazzo. The band is pretty much beyond category, although it is usually billed as jazz-rock. Unlike normative jazz-rock outfits, however, ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Francesco Beccaro e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Francesco Beccaro e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Alto tasso di energia, intensa, con molta improvvisazione ma anche con strutture compositive articolate. Una sorta di inedita fusion, distante dallo stereotipo generale, caratterizzata da un suono a volte volutamente grezzo ma sempre energico e suggestivo. Ogni composizione cerca di essere un messaggio chiaro e punta a coinvolgere l'ascoltatore ...

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Article: Album Review

Mirna Bogdanovic: Confrontation

Read "Confrontation" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Arrestingly postmodern and warmly familiar in the same space, Mirna Bogdanović's fourth release, Confrontation, stops just short of dismantling contemporary jazz and pop in favor of retaining those elements that tickle the memory's nostalgia receptors in such a way that the listener recognises the music as compelling, while at the same time not being able to ...

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Article: Album Review

Pino Palladino, Blake Mills: Notes with Attachments

Read "Notes with Attachments" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Pino Palladino e Blake Mills firmano uno dei dischi più attesi dell'anno. Il polistrumentista e produttore californiano viene da un 2020 molto intenso, caratterizzato dall'uscita del suo album solista Mutable Set e da una serie di preziose collaborazioni con artisti del calibro di Bob Dylan e di Perfume Genius, che hanno realizzato due dei migliori dischi ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming

Read "Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most kids have heroes. Whether they be athletes, astronauts, artists, astrophysicists, (and that's just the “A's") or any of the many asundered possibilities. Gergo Borlai needn't go passed the “D's" to find his calling. Drumming came early, incredibly early, and he has never looked back. Determination and commitment can be a powerful force. Before long the ...

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Article: Profile

Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame

Read "Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame" reviewed by Scott Gudell


When we placed a call from New York to Los Angeles in the early part of 2021, the articulate and vibrant drummer Roy McCurdy answered and quickly connected us back to the 1950s. He told us about his hometown of jny: Rochester, New York, his early days performing with Chuck Mangione and Gap Mangione and how ...


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