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As we were preparing our December edition, we were saddened to learn that Ingrid Pastorius had died on Nov. 28. The former wife of fretless-bass innovator Jaco Pastorius was 61 years old and reportedly suffered a fatal stroke.
Born in Indonesia, Ingrid moved with her family to Holland at age 7, and spent her teens years in Puerto Rico. At age 20, she moved to South Florida, where she worked for Eastern Airlines and then as an artist for a company that produced paintings for hotels. She became romantically involved with Jaco and toured the world by his side, at first with Weather Report and then with Joni Mitchell. Divorced from his first wife, Tracy, Jaco married Ingrid in the summer of 1979, and the couple moved into a house in Deerfield Beach. Their twin sons, Felix and Julius, were born in 1982.
As Jaco's mental health deteriorated, the couple's life together became increasingly difficult. They divorced in 1985, and the bassist, whose playing had an enormous impact on the jazz and pop worlds, was beaten to death in 1987 at an after-hours club in Wilton Manors. He was 35.
Ingrid helped to keep Jaco's musical legacy alive over the years, maintaining Web sites such as jacop.net, and lobbying for a Jaco Pastorius Park in his hometown of Oakland Park and for a postage stamp bearing his likeness. (You can sign a petition at ipetitions.com/petition/jacostamp/). She also raised her twins, who were home schooled, in a stimulating, creative environment filled with musical instruments. Felix followed in his father's footsteps as a bass virtuoso, and Julius, urged on by his brother, picked up the drums. The brothers worked together in the bands Way of the Groove and The Bendy Pastorius Group.
Along with John and Mike Bendy, Julius was scheduled to play at a Jaco birthday-party tribute on Dec. 4 at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, to commemorate what would have been his father's 60th birthday (Dec. 1). Information on this event will be updated as when we hear of any changes or confirmation. *11/30/11, 17:50 ET, the event at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton on Sunday, Dec 4, 2012 has been confirmed by the family.
We will post additional information about a memorial when it's available.
*12/1/11, 23:05 ET. This note has been distributed by the family: "To all of those who would like to pay their respects to THE MOST beautifully intelligent, generously loving and unforgivingly strong woman~ Elisabeth Ingrid Pastorius. Please come join us on Sunday, December 4th in her garden at 943 SE 13th Avenue, Deerfield Beach FL, 33441. Beginning at 12 pm and continuing on at the Funky Biscuit @ 7 pm (Meizner Park, Boca Raton). Forever in our hearts. Guiding us for eternity."
Richard Gilewitz, Tim May, and Gretchen Priest-May will perform on Friday, December 2, at 7.30 PM at the Atlantic Theater in Jupiter in support of the Palm Beach Dolphin Project.
These three recording artists are a true treasure and virtuosos in their own right. Together, they have an international reputation of producing a fun evening with a unique mix of bluegrass, blues, Irish folk and their own unique instrumental styles, playing 6 and 12 string guitars, mandolin, banjo, violin and fiddle.
The show is opened by the Jove Comedy Experience (Frank Licari and Jesse Furman), the longest running improv and sketch comedy troupe in Palm Beach County and recipient of an IMPY Award for best sketch troupe in South Florida.
Concert tickets are $25 and are available at the box office of the Atlantic Theater (phone: 561-575-4942) and at Wolfe Guitars also here in Jupiter (phone: 561-746-2209). Raffle tickets are $5 for one and $20 for ten. Among the great raffle prizes are a $1,700 Bedell Acoustic Guitar, 1-hour master classes with the three performers the following Saturday morning, a LRBaggs Venue I, a sunset cruise on a sailing catamaran out of Palm Beach, a print of Jackie Brice’s phenomenal art work (she will be there to sign it), a digital camera with underwater housing for the snorkel or scuba enthusiasts, plenty of guitar stuff and much more. So call Wolfe Guitars at 561-746-2209 and buy some raffle tickets and support dolphin conservation. You don't have to be at the concert to win and if you are from out of town we can ship your prize anywhere.
The Jazz Society of Pensacola is seeking entries for the poster competition for the 29th annual free Pensacola JazzFest to be held on April 14-15, 2012 in historic Seville Square.
We are seeking original poster artwork which will be printed in full color on high quality poster stock and sold at the JazzFest. The winning design will also appear in all advertising, on JazzFest t-shirts, and on the cover of the JazzFest Program.
A cash award of $600 will be made for the winning poster.
All entries will be on exhibit during the JazzFest. Entries should represent a Pensacola/Gulf Coast theme in the presentation. Entries MAY, but ARE NOT REQUIRED to include “Pensacola JazzFest 2012, April 14-15” in the body of the work. The winning artist must agree to have that information incorporated into the design for use on posters, etc. to promote the JazzFest. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon, Friday December2, 2011. The Jazz Society office is located in suites 103-105, 17 S. Palafox Street (Brent Building), Pensacola, FL 32502.
Artists should contact the Jazz Society office by e-mail email@example.com or by telephone (850) 433-8382 for official details of the contest and entry form.
The application and competition details can be downloaded at http://www.jazzpensacola.com/, click on the “Poster Competition” heading on the home page.
The Jazz Society has previous winning posters on display at the Jazz Society office
and on the website at http://www.jazzpensacola.com/, in the “Gallery” section.
Hoodoo bluesman Coco Robicheaux collapsed Friday evening at the Apple Barrel on Frenchmen Street and was taken away by ambulance. He was reportedly pronounced dead after arriving at Tulane Medical Center. He was 64.
Mr. Robicheaux was not performing at the time he was stricken; he often held court outside the Apple Barrel on his off-nights."
SXSW Music is now accepting showcase applications for acts to perform at the 2012 music festival at Sonicbids.com . Apply now for the opportunity to perform for the well over 16,000 industry representatives including almost 3,000 media representatives and the thousands of fans in attendance. A showcasing act at SXSW has the unique opportunity to play in one of Austin's many live music venues along with acts from all over the world. SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development including music legends such as Bob Geldof, Smokey Robinson, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Devo. Join the ranks of Mumford and Sons, Florence and The Machine, Robyn, The Strokes and so many more by gaining career changing exposure and publicity from the amazing mix of influential participants that attend SXSW every year.
Sonicbids is the exclusive online musical event submission platform of the 2012 SXSW Music Festival.
To apply, go to http://www.sxsw.com/music/shows/apply. All applications must be submitted no later than November 4, 2011. Application fees are $30 for early submissions, $40 for applications submitted after October 7, 2011.
Jaco Pastorius was one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century. From his solo work to his accomplishments with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Weather Report, the Peter Graves Orchestra and Word of Mouth, Pastorius shattered the boundaries of the electric bass and redefined its role across the musical spectrum. Even his untimely death in 1987 did nothing to diminish Pastorius’ legacy of brilliant and innovative music. Today – as the Jaco Pastorius Big Band – a stellar lineup of musicians pays tribute to his freewheeling genius. Don’t miss their electric mix of big band swing and jazz.
The Theatre Box Oce is open Tuesday, Friday a nd Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and one hour before shows.
A Note from Peter Graves, Conductor, Music Director, Producer
"The award-winning HeadsUp recording artist, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, invites you to join us on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8pm for an evening of exciting contemporary big band jazz featuring the music of Jaco Pastorius, the world’s greatest bass player!
The evening will feature a number of new arrangements that we will be performing on our upcoming tour in Japan, which includes multiple performances at the legendary Blue Note in Tokyo and headlining the opening night of the first-ever Montreaux Jazz Festival in Kawasaki, Japan.
The band will be joined by special guest artist Damian Erskine on bass on this performance. Damian is a terrific new bassist on the jazz scene and just returned from a tour of Japan with Gino Vannilli.
POST SHOW NOTES: Personnel:Saxes: Ed Calle, Billy Ross, Gary Keller, Mike Brignola
Trombones: Dana Teboe, John Kricker
Trumpets: Jason Carder, Walter White, Ken Faulk
Rhythm: Jim Gasior (keys), Randy Bernsen (gtr), Jeff Carswell (bs), Damian Erskine (bs), Mark Griffith (dr)
Sound Engineeer: Peter Yianilos Set List:1 Soul Intro-The Chicken
2 Three Views Of A Secret
4 A Portrait Of Tracy
End 1st Half
8 Good Morning Anya
9 Punk Jazz
10 Black Market
11 A Remark You Made
12 Liberty City
13 Fannie Mae PHOTOS at :
The Satchmo Blues Bar is very pleased to present Drummer/Manager/Producer/Band Leader Jerry Fischer and his Jazz Orchestra on Monday November 14st, hosted by Stu Grant of Sunday Jazz Brunch w/ Stu Grant, Sundays from 9am to 11am on WZAB 880am, Miami (live stream at www.880thebiz.com).
After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, Jerry Fischer won a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music. That first year, he performed in six Broadway shows. He was hired to work on numerous industrial shows for American Airlines, General Motors, Ford, and United Airlines while working closely with Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Soon Jerry became Liza Minelli’s first drummer/conductor, as well as personnel manager for Liza’s first major road tour, which he also orchestrated. His professional career includes working with Ben Vereen’s first night club act which he co-produced and co-managed, and traveling extensively with Diahann Carrol, Joel Grey & Joey Heatherton.
Mr. Fischers’s vast musical knowledge and production experience has enabled him to currently produce one of the most unique orchestras in the industry. The musicians in THE JERRY FISCHER ORCHESTRA have been featured with Buddy Rich, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach, The Naval Commodores, Doc Severinsen and many others. Since 2005 Jerry has been producing musicians for the shows at the Hard Rock Cafe, in HollywoodFlorida.
When Mr. Fischer came to Florida in 1995, there was a void in big bands and even a bigger void in the nature of music that was being played; the music from the West Coast bands he knew from his national tours was not being played in Florida. In 1996, he created the orchestra as a forum for professional musicians, and is now known as a challenging opportunity to perfect state of the art Jazz arrangements. After playing for a few clubs, it became so popular with jazz fans that it moved to Monday nights so the best musicians could join. These nights became a tradition at “ONE NIGHT STAN’S,” a small blues club in Hollywood, until its closing.
JOE DONATO. Joe has been with the band almost from the beginning. He is known in the jazz world as one of the most exciting saxophone players. He has his own group and does seminars and teaches at the Universities around the country.
NEAL BONSANTI. Neal is probably the most sought after saxophone players, as he also plays oboe and English horn and has taught in the Colleges in South Florida for 30 years. He currently heads up the Jazz Band at FAU.