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Finding Jaco (my pilgrimage to the holy land and communion with the ghost of a legend)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Lesfunk, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    This past weekend, after a quick three shows in two days, my lovely girlfriend woke me up early Sunday morning and told me to pack a bag. She was going to take us both on a road trip to South Florida to show me where she grew up and spent her childhood.
    Little did I know that she had done her research and had a plan...
    It turns out that she had lived in Jacos old neighborhood as a child even attended to the same high school. She took it upon herself to research addresses and locations and we visited several key locations relevant to the life and times of Jaco Pastorius, the fallen champion of electric bass.
    I want to share my experience with y’all .
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  2. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    3180EA8C-B25F-442A-8B45-77776F4577B6.jpeg Jacos childhood home in Oakland park.
  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    The home of Jacos childhood friend (name and address withheld)
    It was told to us that this is the location where Jaco first touched an electric bass C28ACBF4-2CB9-47FB-B0D5-4DCB098E3A2B.jpeg
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  4. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    We stopped at Jaco Pastorius memorial park where the building is decorated with life sized murals.
    I say life sized because he was a giant and the mural reflect it beautifully.
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  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    35C9C773-A973-4D2A-B777-5C3B7B6845BB.jpeg F6C251FA-BF1E-47A2-AC21-741E28003FDC.jpeg 01A161BE-3C6B-43D5-8A9B-F5949AD1B372.jpeg More from the park
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  6. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    We then went to the location of the now defunct Peaches records (Now a porn store) where Jacos hand and footprints are cast in the sidewalk cement along side others 884F0EFB-5F0B-4446-BADD-F2BCB72E5E87.jpeg 450BD872-1DAC-40A0-BF6C-8B7BEB102022.jpeg
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  7. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Our search eventually lead us to a tragic location.
    The site of the mid nite bottle club.
    The address where Jaco was murdured at the hands of a thug club bouncer.
    A liquor store now resides there next to a another night club.
    I’m unsure if the nightclub next door was the actual location of the fight. Our sources gave us the address of the liquor store CF0C7B07-C1F8-455C-BC4B-77C7F2863C9F.jpeg
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  8. Gustopher

    Gustopher Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2018
    Really cool! Trips like this are always fun, especially when it all works out and you find what you want to see and get to breath it in!
  9. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Jacos elementary school 00B4A293-2526-4910-B60C-1EED07CA6EA5.jpeg

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  10. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Jacos church E1B67AA9-9427-40E1-8502-64F314717B30.jpeg
  11. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Our final stop was at the cemetery where we paid our respects
  12. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    After locating Jacos grave, a moment of silent prayer... 6451E781-BD2E-4E0E-AC85-DC942CE57764.jpeg
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  13. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Thank you for sharing this with us! A couple of years ago my Wife’s company took up on vacation to a swank Beachfront hotel in South Fl and paid a band to perform. As I was watching the band I was absolutely floored by the drummer and thinking that he may be my favorite drummer I’ve ever listened to...his groove was just resonating with something deep my soul... during the break I approached him a complimented him of his very unique approach and I inadvertently mentioned something to the effect of not being surprised at his talent level given the fact that we were in Jaco county, to which he replied, “yea, Jaco’s my Father”... turns out I was listening to none other than his son Julius! He was such a warm and lovely guy and looks so much like his Dad. An amazing night for me.
  14. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    I laid my bass on the ground and let Jaco check it out for a while
    If he chose to play it , I don’t know. But I’d like to think he’d appreciate the offer. 876CE361-C3FE-444B-A6ED-C462F0DEEC43.jpeg
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  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Very cool. Thanks for posting
  16. 31HZ

    31HZ Supporting Member

    Amazing. I love the last photo especially, it really resonates.

    I like to think that he'd appreciate the offer, too.
  17. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Some more assorted pics. 70E29CF8-A4AD-4080-9FE8-54BC9BB691D0.jpeg 6897E579-51CC-4C31-8EC3-51DE8BDEF75E.jpeg 0D69704F-677A-40A1-8978-75EDD7A614DD.jpeg

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  18. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    92705E52-050C-4843-A2EB-7E38B643F2C4.png Thanks for joining in on my journey everyone. 8E01BC20-7767-4A4F-A057-5F6103C67C92.png
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  19. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Thanks for sharing!
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  20. Low Down Brown

    Low Down Brown

    Jan 8, 2018
    Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!
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