Seeing Jaco live

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Warwickthumb, Dec 15, 2002.

  1. Well im sitting here before I go to bed listening to Weather Report's A remark you made. And I would give my left leg to see Jaco live. I was only like 8 hen he died, and i didnt start playing bass until 94. I found a site that has two vids of Jaco playing, wow Amazing, and I do have his modern bass VHS, but its not the same. So I wodering who here has seen him live, or hey even met the guy!!! Tell your story.
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I'm not sitting in bed...rather in my comfy chair playing bass.....I just finished playing along to "A remark you made" and as I type this I must atake sufficient pauses to play along with "teen town"...which just its track 4 which I forget the name to(palladium is it?) but I have never spent any time learning this songs changes..I onlly know the groove(so I won't pause to paly along) but I digress.

    hmmm jaco died in '86 correct?..I was 1 then....10 years before I even thought about playing bass. I too would love to have seen him live...I have seen those online vids of him playing(america the beautiful and Portrait of tracy) but it definatly isn't the same....its like listening to Victor wooten I think "wow thats some cool stuff....not particularly moving but really cool" then all the times I've seen him live I am just in awe at how much different he is live than on records.

    A bassist I met(and learned under) met and got to know Jaco really well....they were good friends. Jaco told him that he had never got so close to anyone in such a short period of time( a couple days) this was about 2 weeks before he was killed :(

    this bassist is a Jazz legend in his own right, he played with all the greats and was good friends with most of them, but he never recieved much press about his accomplishments((bar none the best upright player I've ever heard) he said that Jaco was one of the most inspiring people he'd ever met....
  3. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    He died in '87.
  4. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    I saw him play twice. Once 82 was the Berklee performance center with his word of moulth big band. I thought it was great,it was. I also somehow snuck underage into Johnathan swifts in cambridge 85 to see him and mike stern play. I thought it was great,it wasnt. :(

    I got a Jaco story though I have 2 friends who are a little older than I .One is a bass player,The other is not a musician of any kind (likes clasic rock). Thier in New York thier young(20) they got lots of blow. They Run into Jaco .Now the Bass player reconizes Jaco and wants to party with Jaco you know give him blow.So thier partying and Jaco is rude to the bass playing friend cause he's Jaco dealing with a a$$ kissing bass playin worshiping rich young kid. The kid is too intimidated/enchanted with Jaco to stand up for himself and keeps putin crap up jaco's nose.The othe friend who doesnt give a sh!t about who or what jaco is tells him he's being a D$ck and get in his face about courtisy and manners. Well that turend Jaco right around. Only for the non musician He treated him as his best budy for the rest of the night.while still treating the musician the same.

    To this day this is one of this guys favorite storys and he's got a picture of them together.

  5. slam

    slam Guest

    Mar 22, 2000
    Could someone post a link to the online videos of Jaco playing? I did a search for them but couldnt find them.

  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    :( hmmmm I could have sworn I read '86 somewhere....never trust random sources....well then I guess I was 2
  7. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    I used to know where there were a bunch of video clips of Jaco (Jaco TV or something like that), but I can't find the site anymore.

    Anyway, here are a couple that I did find:
  8. Sinker


    Dec 4, 2002
    Newark, DE USofA
    I saw Jaco with Weather Report in '79 or '80 at the Tower Theater just outside of Philadelphia. It was an incredible show in a great house. I was a fan of the music; the whole sound of jazz/fusion at the time, but wasn't prepared for Jaco live. I mean, a 15 minute bass solo?

  9. JohnL


    Sep 20, 2000
    Grayson, GA
  10. Wow amazing stories so far guys. I agree with the seeing him is better then hearing him. I saw the Flecktones a whle back in Indy. Really good show. I Victor di a cool solo thing. I didnt relize how short is though, hahaha. o maybe someday i can say I saw Victor live in the same related post. WOuld it be wrong to say Vic started were Jaco left off?
  11. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    I forgot to mention in my post above that I saw Jaco twice, in '77 with Weather Report & in '82 with Word of Mouth (no stories to tell).
  12. James S

    James S

    Apr 17, 2002
    New Hampshire
    I saw Jaco play a number of different times. His playing and personality was powerful.

    He had that quality about him that in no matter what situation he was playing, he was the focal point. It was quite obvious we were seeing something special.

    I think my favorite was the Word Of Mouth Band. He seemed to like best the combination of standard tunes and his originals.

    I have heard many stories, but I did not get to know him personally.
  13. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    I saw Jaco once on stage, with Weather Report, circa 1979 / 1980 if I remember well.

    There's nothing to say, except that, of course, it was a fabulous gig.
  14. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I'm old......I saw Jaco almost everytime he played the N.Y.C. area from '76-'79. One time he opened a Pat Metheny show with just solo bass....unreal!
    The first time I saw him with Weather Report, he hardly moved around at all......but by '78 he was doing the James Brown thing.........he always was a force of nature.......much like Victor;) I moved away and didn't see his downfall......but people would keep me up to date....very sad. Some people just feel to much.......and this is a hard cruel world for somebody that feels that much:(
  15. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Portland, Oregon
    If I remember correctly he got into a fight outside of a Santana concert with a bodyguard who didn't recognize it was Jaco. The fight put him into a coma and he died while still in the hospital. I believe that is how he died but if I'm wrong someone please correct me.
  16. You're half right. He was beaten by a bouncer outside a nightclub. Presumably he was making a pain of himself, and the bouncer, a Vietnamese thug, was overzealous. He was also escorted off the stage at a Santana concert, but that was a different occassion.
  17. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    yeah, supposedly in the latter years of Jaco's life, he would go around to clubs and make a rawkus. he'd get kicked out a lot, so he'd just move to another club....but then one night he decided he wasn't going to settle for no. and he attempted to kick the club's door in, this prompted the bouncer(who just happened to be a triple black belt of some sort)to start wailing on him. after a while people intervened, jaco was rushed to intensive care, he died a few hours later.
    such a sad story :(
  18. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Jaco was in a coma and died a few days later......what always bothered me was this guy was a trained black belt.......he could have easily subduded a drunken 160 pound man, but he had to tee off on Jaco! What a chicken sh$t F&*cking Jerkoff this guy is........I pray he gets the most painful cancer known to man.....and I'm not kidding!
  19. Ryan K

    Ryan K

    Dec 11, 2002
    New Jersey
    Im a young one, being that i dont think i was alive (born in march of '87) at any time when Jaco was still alive, and i would give anything to see that man play. It just makes me so mad to know that such an incredible person could die like that... to all those who got to see him live...thats just incredible