Jazz research paper

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Jaco Pastorius, the Genius and the Homeless Jaco Pastorius was the one of the most successful and talented jazz musicians in history. His influence and innovation continue to make waves in the jazz world and that is what made him become what he is to many today, a legend. Jaco came into the world on December 1, 1951 in Norristown, Pennsylvania (Milkowski 19). The firstborn son of Stephanie Haapala of Swedish and Finnish descent, and Jack Pastorious, of German and Irish blood, he was named John Fracis Pastorious III (Milkowski 19). Due to the alcoholic dad, Jaco’s parents Jack and Stephanie eventually separated and Jaco stayed with his mother after the divorce. Jaco, being a natural athlete from his youth, was passionate about sports (Milkowski 24). He even came up with his nick name Jaco after an American Hall of Fame umpire in the National League, Jocko Conlan (Milkowski 23). The way Jaco named himself after the umpire who is known for his extraordinary behaviors (instead of a regular dress tie like most umpires of the day wore, Conlan always wore a natty bow tie for his career), explains his colorful characters and bizarre behaviors (Jocko); the book “The Extraordinary and the Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorious” quotes: Metheny and I are already onstage, and here’s Jaco running towards us full tilt, barefooted and bare-chested, with his bass strapped on. And when he gets like two feet from the stage, he does this incredible flip where he goes feet-over-head. He lands on the bandstand, and then using his head as a pivot he flips his legs up over his body and comes back around so he’s standing again. Then, in one motion, he plugs his cord into his amp and hits the first note (Milkowski 68). Jaco was successful in every sport he participated (Milkowski 24). He just had amazing hand-eye coordination (Milkowski 24). He also had a great talent in drumming which he

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