Robert Trujillo, bassist of the world-famous rock band Metallica, visited Loyola on October 22nd to discuss his forthcoming documentary, Jaco, with Professor Jim Gabour. Held in conjunction with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the college organization Grammy U, the event featured an interview-style conversation interspersed with clips from the documentary.
Jaco tells the story of legendary jazz bassist and composer Jaco Pastorius, the integral member of the jazz fusion band Weather Report during the 1970s and solo artist who died tragically in 1987 at age 35. Featuring introspectives from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Sting, Carlos Santana, and Michael “Flea” Balzart of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the film was produced by Passion Pictures and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijack. Trujillo served as an executive producer, in conjunction with Pastorius’ eldest son John “Johnny” Pastorious IX. The film’s never-before-seen 8mm footage, rare photographs, and audio recordings from the Pastorious family archive have garnered it attention at major festivals including the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Loyola Chair of Film and Music industry Studies and five-time Grammy Award-winner John Snyder produced some of Jaco Pastorius’ earliest recordings, including “A Portrait of Sal LaRosa,” a recording by Ira Sullivan for A&M Records entitled “Ira Sullivan,” and two other tracks that remain unreleased. “He was pretty amazing,” said Snyder, who knew Pastorius throughout his brief life. “It was clear from the beginning that he was a genius, but what stuck out in my mind was that he was an eager, excited and focused young man.”