Its been two weeks since opening night of the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz festival and I am still feeling the thump of Jaco Pastorius’ electric bass lines.
That’s because of the MJF Friday night Arena stage showcase of “Jaco’s World’; a Vince Mendoza-led big band tribute to the bass player best-known, perhaps, for his work with Weather Report.
Pictured is Jaco’s son, Felix Pastorius, who wowed the festival crowd with his father’s musical DNA during his short visit with the band.
As San Jose Mercury music critic Jim Harrington so rightly wrote, “The No. 1 attraction on opening night — if not the entire festival — was “Jaco’s World: A Celebration of the Music of Jaco Pastorius,” a tribute to the game-changing talent who died at the age of 35 in 1987. Through his astounding virtuosity and use of complex melodic structures, Pastorius helped change the way people played and appreciated the bass.”
A few more of my favorite images from “Jaco’s World” are upcoming this weekend.
Photograph copyright Ken Hunt and Whole Earth Images.