The night I shook Jaco's hand...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by the harp unstrung, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Humankind: be both. Inactive

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    The night I shook Jaco's hand is not as distinct a memory as it should be. Of course, at the time the Herb Superb played a much larger role in my life than it does now.
    Our Daughter and Son In Law and Grand daughter were home from Australia for Thanksgiving! That led, naturally enough, to looking through old photo albums...and that is where I found these three old snapshots. They had lay hidden...almost utterly one of those old albums for better than the last 30 years. I thought it important that I share them with you.
    If you look at the other pictures on adjacent pages, you'll find our children ages 3, and 2. That would put us in 1982 or '83. Of course, that's no guarantee that these pictures of Jaco are from those years...given my organizational skills!
    I'm betting that there is a Jaco apostle out there who can clear up some of the mysteries (in my own head) about them.
    I remember it being a small room...only 60 or 80 people...up a long, narrow flight of stairs. My wife and I had ridden train and bus into Manhattan from my Aunt's home in The Bronx. I believe I remember the venue being in the area of The Bowery. I remember Jaco having a limousine double-parked at the foot of the stairs the whole night. It being a three-set night, he jumped down off the low stage twice and beat a path down the stairs to the back seat of the limo and emerged several minutes later LIT UP...EYES ABLAZE...'coked to the gills' was my assumption at the time; and it remains so.
    As he climbed the stairs, two by two, before the 3rd set I emerged from the men's' room directly across the room from the top of the stairs. He started walking toward the men's' room, our eyes met and he stopped as I offered him my hand and a kind word about the set and the band. I told him it was an honor to shake his hand and he replied with something innocuous, but warm enough to have that moment stick in my mind for better than 3 decades. I have big, ol, 'bass player' hands, but his hand engulfed mine. He had a child-like smile on his face as the moment evaporated, and he went back to work and I probably lit up a joint.
    I am betting that someone out here will recognize the drummer in picture #3...or maybe the shirt he's wearing...or maybe his haircut?!

    These pictures have been hidden in the bottom of a deep drawer for better than 30 years! Now they belong to you.
    jaco1.jpg jaco2.jpg jaco3.jpg
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2015
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

  3. The drummer, looks like Ricky Sebastian.
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  4. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Humankind: be both. Inactive

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    Thanks, I'll look him up. TKK
  5. Here is a clip of Ricky, from around that same time.
    And thanks for sharing those pics with us! :)

  6. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Humankind: be both. Inactive

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    I do believe that Ricky Sebastian is that man! And what an incredible workout...and I feel humbled when I see musicians playing at that level, and how they make it look...not 'easy'...but 'all in a day's work'.
    Thanks for sharing!
  7. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Hypocognitive

    Apr 23, 2014
    Magic! Thanks a million. Such a very cool memory to have. You're lucky. And you tell it very well. Great yarn!
  8. mrufino1


    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ

    I had no idea Lionel Ritchie played bass for John Scofield. ;-)

    And Jaco looks quite "lit up" in those shots. It still must have been amazing.
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  9. This was probably at the end of Jaco's good years before he really went on a downward spiral. He reached the point where he was practically homeless. Have you ever seen that most recent footage of him that was released a few months ago? It was a mess.
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  10. saw Jaco at Blues Alley in Washington DC.. probably the same year as your pictures. It was him, a drummer, and a sax player, I think. I would guess there were less than a dozen people in the club.
  11. bassistheplaceofcourse


    Oct 26, 2014
    Where can I see that?
  12. BadJazz

    BadJazz Totally Elite Hyper-Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    Thanks for sharing. You should put your hand up on ebay for $30,000 (free shipping with Buy It Now!).
  13. tradernick


    Mar 19, 2008
    I'll be honest with you. I don't want to see it.

    Thanks OP for posting the pics.
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  14. Search youtube for rare lost Jaco footage. It's in black and white and he does America the Beautiful. There are a lot of mixed feelings about that footage.
    Some praise it but most people are put off by it, myself included.
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  15. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    I was about to ask if OP has been unsuccessfully trying to sell a Jazz bass on eBay...

  16. CGremlin


    Nov 1, 2014
    Palm Bay, FL
    Serious buyers only, please.
  17. 7dollarbologna


    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    Some of these comments are disrespectful to the Pastorius family - can't we just have stories that omit assumptions? - we all know already!
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  18. tradernick


    Mar 19, 2008
    Sure as hell hope you're not referring to my post (which you quoted) when you say that some posts are disrespectful. I have a problem with it if you are. I have nothing but respect for Jaco (warts and all), and speaking of the Pastorius family, I spent some time talking to Felix up here in Toronto (not much time, maybe 20 minutes one on one) when he was through with Jeff Coffin's band and he's the nicest young man you'd ever want to meet.

    If this was directed at me, you'd best think twice before you post in a way that assumes you know what I'm thinking. I don't want to see Jaco at his worst because it breaks my heart.

    And btw, welcome to TB.
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  19. 7dollarbologna


    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
  20. tradernick


    Mar 19, 2008