JACO, a documentary about the life and career of the legendary 70s jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, premieres Sunday night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA. The film is produced by the Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak.
The documentary chronicles his pioneering music on the electric bass as described by fellow musicians like Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Geddy Lee. The filmmakers compiled “incredible unseen footage and photography from the Pastorius family archive” to take the audience “into the heart and soul of this hugely influential musician.” Due to Jaco’s battles with addiction and bipolar disorder, the film must ultimately confront “the fragility of great artistic genius.”
After the film, JACO executive producer and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo with rock collective Mass Mental, special guests Billy Idol, Flea and Jerry Jemmott; and Hipster Assassins, with Felix Pastorius, Mike Bendy, John Bendy, Chris Ward and Kenny Grohowski will perform a live concert. More info and tickets available on Ace Hotel’s website. If you can’t make it to the screening, JACO will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray Nov. 27th. Order it here.