There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument and fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both. His lyrical fretless bass style redefined the role of the bass in 1970s jazz music. Almost overnight, critics hailed Pastorius alongside visionaries like David Bowie, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, and Herbie Hancock. Driven by a desire to create the music he wanted to hear, Pastorius transformed himself from a poor, unknown Florida boy into an international sensation, all without any formal training. He led his fans toward the music inside him, refusing to be merely a sideman, and earned his nickname “the punk of jazz” by defiantly jumping off amplifiers and heaving his bass through the air during live performances. Now, more than 25 years since his untimely death, Jaco (produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and illuminated by Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, and others) captures the story of his restless, indestructible spirit.
*This film is part of Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence series. Robert Trujillo will be hosting the screening and introducing the film.
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL LIVE MUSIC EVENT:
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF JACO
October 6, 9:00 pm
Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley
Tickets: $150, (MVFF badges not valid for this event) through
Sweetwater Music Hall: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/675603
A musical celebration honoring the pioneering jazz musician Jaco Pastorius
Hosted by Robert Trujillo, Music Director and JACO Producer; Featuring: MAERIC with Mary Pastorius, David Pastorius & Eric Young; Kirk Hammett & Robert Trujillo of Metallica; Rodrigo y Gabriela, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction; L. Shankar; and special guests.
A benefit for the California Film Institute