Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Farewell, Ingrid Pastorius (09/05/50 - 11/28/11) - UPDATE: Event Confirmed

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            by Bob Weinberg

            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."

Memorials & notes being posted at:

Ingrid's Jaco site:
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  1. Thank you Bob Weinberg for a sensitive and well written piece on the Pastorius family. We will always remember you Jaco and Ingrid.

  2. Rest in peace beautiful lady........truly an inspiration and gift to have known her........fly with the angels now.......

  3. AN amazing person ...friend ...and mother...and teacher...of life...love cous

  4. Gorgeous spirit, open-hearted, carefully sculpted beauty on all sides of life, what a gem, I am blessed to have had warm conversation and valued moments of life's experiences. So sad...yet open to her peaceful flight.

  5. All our love goes out to Ingrid's sons Felix & Julius and her family. Ingrid was not just our neighbor, but a true friend. She watched over us and we will forever be grateful to have known her and shared her passion for music and life. We are so sad. Mike & Renee Quinn