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September 26, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Jaco Pastorius, a jazz bassist whose brief career was credited with influencing musicians around the world, has died after being beaten on the streets that had become his home for the last several months. The former bassist with the fusion band Weather Report, Blood, Sweat and Tears and other big-name musical groups, died Monday night at Broward General Medical Center where he had been comatose since the Sept. 12 beating. He was 35.
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June 7, 2012
JAZZ A onetime member of the New Tony Williams Lifetime and current chair of jazz studies at USC, keyboardist Alan Pasqua joins a powerful trio featuring a rhythm section comprised of fellow local favorites Darek Oles and drummer Peter Erskine, who performed with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report as well as a variety of top-notch jazz gigs around the city. This certainly qualifies as another one of those. Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sat. $20. http://www.vitellosjazz.com
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Bassist Brian Bromberg is universally admired among his colleagues for his startlingly virtuosic mastery of both the acoustic and electric versions of his chosen instrument. Never content to solely emphasize his technical wizardry, he has moved effortlessly across genres, from straight-ahead jazz to smooth jazz to funk, R&B and all-purpose studio work. His current effort mixes several of those elements into a tribute to one of Bromberg's primary influences, the late bass star Jaco Pastorius.
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September 7, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Pat METHENY had it exactly right when he said that Jaco Pastorius was the "last jazz musician of the 20th century to have made a major impact on the musical world at large." That impact is vividly apparent to any musician who has picked up an electric bass over the past 20 years. Pastorius, quite simply, was the instrument's Charlie Parker, both the source and the standard. No wonder that Victor Wooten recalls the first time he heard Pastorius as "the day I turned into a different bass player."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1987 | RICK SHERWOOD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Florida bar manager accused of fatally beating jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius is being charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors decided to file a direct charge against Luc Havan, 25, without presenting the case to a grand jury. Havan already had been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly beating Pastorius outside the Wilton Manors nightclub that Havan managed. Pastorius, 35, died Sept. 21.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012
JAZZ A onetime member of the New Tony Williams Lifetime and current chair of jazz studies at USC, keyboardist Alan Pasqua joins a powerful trio featuring a rhythm section comprised of fellow local favorites Darek Oles and drummer Peter Erskine, who performed with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report as well as a variety of top-notch jazz gigs around the city. This certainly qualifies as another one of those. Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sat. $20. http://www.vitellosjazz.com
NEWS
December 2, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS
No, this quartet's name doesn't refer to a hallucinogenic strain of cannabis, but if there's a musical equivalent of psychoactive substances, this is it. All onetime associates of "dawg-jazz" creator David Grisman, the four players fuse jazz, folk and bluegrass influences with healthy doses of classical, rock and just-plain-weird styles for flavor.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Pat METHENY had it exactly right when he said that Jaco Pastorius was the "last jazz musician of the 20th century to have made a major impact on the musical world at large." That impact is vividly apparent to any musician who has picked up an electric bass over the past 20 years. Pastorius, quite simply, was the instrument's Charlie Parker, both the source and the standard. No wonder that Victor Wooten recalls the first time he heard Pastorius as "the day I turned into a different bass player."
NEWS
March 13, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
As stubborn specters go, one could do far worse than Django Reinhardt's. Even guitarist Bireli Lagrene would have to agree -- though it has taken him some time to arrive at that conclusion. Lagrene emerged on the international music scene as an earnest, ink-eyed prodigy channeling Reinhardt's trademark chug-a-chug rhythms and his joyous soul. He's been tailed by Reinhardt's spirit since he was 7.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Virtuosic jazz playing isn't exactly in short supply these days. Fast fingers, in fact, often seem to be more common than imaginative musical ideas. But Thursday at UCLA's Royce Hall, speed and inventiveness were perfectly partnered in the playing of guitarist Bireli Lagrene and his talented ensemble. Performing a program of material titled "The Gipsy Project: The Tradition of Django Reinhardt," Lagrene -- like Reinhardt a Gypsy -- played with astonishing facility.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Bassist Brian Bromberg is universally admired among his colleagues for his startlingly virtuosic mastery of both the acoustic and electric versions of his chosen instrument. Never content to solely emphasize his technical wizardry, he has moved effortlessly across genres, from straight-ahead jazz to smooth jazz to funk, R&B and all-purpose studio work. His current effort mixes several of those elements into a tribute to one of Bromberg's primary influences, the late bass star Jaco Pastorius.
NEWS
March 13, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
As stubborn specters go, one could do far worse than Django Reinhardt's. Even guitarist Bireli Lagrene would have to agree -- though it has taken him some time to arrive at that conclusion. Lagrene emerged on the international music scene as an earnest, ink-eyed prodigy channeling Reinhardt's trademark chug-a-chug rhythms and his joyous soul. He's been tailed by Reinhardt's spirit since he was 7.
NEWS
December 2, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS
No, this quartet's name doesn't refer to a hallucinogenic strain of cannabis, but if there's a musical equivalent of psychoactive substances, this is it. All onetime associates of "dawg-jazz" creator David Grisman, the four players fuse jazz, folk and bluegrass influences with healthy doses of classical, rock and just-plain-weird styles for flavor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1987 | RICK SHERWOOD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Florida bar manager accused of fatally beating jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius is being charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors decided to file a direct charge against Luc Havan, 25, without presenting the case to a grand jury. Havan already had been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly beating Pastorius outside the Wilton Manors nightclub that Havan managed. Pastorius, 35, died Sept. 21.
NEWS
September 26, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Jaco Pastorius, a jazz bassist whose brief career was credited with influencing musicians around the world, has died after being beaten on the streets that had become his home for the last several months. The former bassist with the fusion band Weather Report, Blood, Sweat and Tears and other big-name musical groups, died Monday night at Broward General Medical Center where he had been comatose since the Sept. 12 beating. He was 35.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 1997 | Bill Kohlhaase
The accordion's square, undistinguished reputation in jazz is challenged by this surprising album. Galliano is an impressive virtuoso whose fluid lines and shifting harmonics make for an inviting, electric sound. His quartet is anchored by the same bassist and drummer--George Mraz and Al Foster--who back saxophonist Joe Henderson, and the two provide inspired, sympathetic support for the nimble-fingered accordionist.
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