JACO CELEBRATED WITH ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY AND CONCERT EVENT
EXTRAORDINARY NEW FILM CRONICLES LIFE AND MUSIC
OF LEGENDARY BASSIST/COMPOSER JACO PASTORIUS
NATIONWIDE ADVANCE SCREENINGS SET THOUGH OCTOBER
SCREENING AND Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS ROBERT TRUJILLO AND MR. PAUL MARCHAND SET FOR SANTA ANA, CA’S FRIDA THEATRE ON AUGUST 14TH
“JACO’S WORLD” SLATED FOR AUGUST 12TH AT LOS ANGELES’ HOLLYWOOD BOWL, FEATURING CLIPS FROM FILM ALONGSIDE PERFORMANCES OF PASTORIUS’ MUSIC BY HERBIE HANCOCK, WAYNE SHORTER, PETER ERSKINE, AND MANY MORE
JACO TO BE RELEASED ON DEMAND AND OTHER STREAMING SERVICES ON NOVEMBER 27TH
SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED VIA SONY LEGACY NOVEMBER 27TH
Robert Trujillo, in association with Passion Pictures, has announced a number of events surrounding the acclaimed new documentary, JACO. The film – which chronicles the brief but extraordinary life of the great American musician/composer Jaco Pastorius – will be released on demand and via other streaming services as well on November 27th. SONY Legacy will release the film’s soundtrack on November 27th.
JACO will first be seen at an array of exclusive screenings, beginning Friday, August 14th with a special showing at Santa Ana, CA’s Frida Theatre. Slated for 8:00 pm, the event will feature a Q&A session with Trujillo – world-renowned bassist with Metallica and the film’s Executive Producer – and director Mr. Paul Marchand. For details and ticket information, please see thefridacinema.org/event/jaco-a-documentary-film-qa-with-director-robert-trujillo.
In addition, JACO is set for advance screenings in cinemas across the country, including Los Angeles, CA’s famed ArcLight Theater on Monday, August 17th at 7:30 pm (https://www.arclightcinemas.com/movie/jaco). Further showings are slated through October in Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, Portland, and other markets to be unveiled soon – for news and announcements, please log on to jacothefilm.com/news.
Trujillo will also be among the musicians celebrating the life and music of Jaco Pastorius at “Jaco’s World,” a very special concert event slated for Wednesday, August 12th at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Hosted by Herbie Hancock, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s William Powers & Carolyn Powers Creative Chair for Jazz, “Jaco’s World” will bring together a stunning line-up of jazz giants to perform Pastorius’ visionary 1981 album, Word of Mouth, alongside highlights from his repertoire re-imagined by GRAMMY® Award-winning arranger/conductor Vince Mendoza. Musicians set to perform at “Jaco’s World” include Alex Acuña, Manolo Badrena, John Beasley, Peter Erskine, Paul Jackson, Jr., Jerry Jemott, Booker T. Jones, Will Lee, Bob Mintzer, Sam Moore, Felix Pastorius, Tierney Sutton, and Wayne Shorter, who will open the concert with his own renowned quartet. Clips from JACO will be featured throughout the evening on the Hollywood Bowl’s famous big screens. For more information and ticket availability, please see hwww.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/jacos-world-wayne-shorter-quartet/2015-08-12.
JACO is the subject of a successful PledgeMusic Campaign, with contributors around the world helping to support the film’s completion. Pre-orders available now include DVD/Blu-ray copies of JACO autographed by Trujillo, digital downloads, autographed posters (designed by Chloe Trujillo in collaboration with Steve Lampasona and available in both standard and velvet-flock black light versions), and a limited edition JACO custom guitar/bass strap created by Jim Dunlop. Complete details can be found at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jacothefilm.
The official Record Store Day film of 2014, JACO had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin, TX’s SXSW Film Conference & Festival, accompanied by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers Trujillo and Marchand as well as longtime Pastorius collaborator Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Word of Mouth) and JACO Executive Producer John Pastorius. The session can be viewed now at www.sxsw.com/music/news/2015/video-spotlight-jaco-2015-sxsw-music-conference. In addition, SXSW ON’s Studio SX interview with Trujillo, Marchand, and Pastorius is streaming at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm7CSf6rQeU.
JACO has since earned applause at a number of major festivals, including the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The film “(captures) the essence of what made Jaco such an influential artist,” declared the Montreal Gazette, praising “the glowing words of Marchand’s interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves” and hailing JACO as “an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician.”
JACO tells the remarkable and tragic tale of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar. Never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings unveil the true story behind Pastorius’ all-too-brief life, his music, and heartbreaking end.
JACO follows Pastorius’ beginnings and ascent, from his era-defining work with jazz-fusion pioneers Weather Report to crossover collaborations with Joni Mitchell and Ian Hunter to his own inspired solo career as bandleader and composer. Highlighted by exclusive material from the Pastorius family archive, the film features memories and encomiums from a spectrum of Jaco fans and followers, including Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Page, and many others. JACO is produced by Robert Trujillo in association with Passion Pictures (SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, PROJECT NIM); the film is directed by Mr. Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak.
For more, please visit jacothefilm.com, www.facebook.com/jacodocumentary, instagram.com/jacofilm, twitter.com/JACOFilm (@JACOFilm).