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Jaco Pastorius

Born: 
12/01/1951
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Died: 
09/21/1987
Years Active: 
1964-1987
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John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, better known as Jaco Pastorius, was an influential American jazz musician, composer and electric bass player. Pastorius' playing style was noteworthy for his playing intricate solos in the higher register and for the "singing" quality he achieved on his fretless bass. His many innovations with the electric bass included his use of harmonics. Pastorius suffered from mental illness including a substance-related disorder, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982. He died in 1987 at age 35 following a violent altercation at a Fort Lauderdale bar.