We are pleased to announce a very special addition to the London Bass Guitar Show (LBGS) 2016 line-up. We will be screening the UK premiere of the world’s first documentary about LBGS star Robert Trujillo’s hero, Jaco Pastorius—the self-proclaimed greatest bassist in the world. Funded entirely by Trujillo, Jaco hit cinemas late last year to critical acclaim and believe us, you do not want to miss it.
“Jaco is really inspirational and iconic, not just to the jazz community but also to the hard rock and heavy metal communities,” said Trujillo.“When I graduated high school I went to a jazz school, and all I ended up doing there was jamming with all these players from all over the world, some of whom are still a part of my life. A lot of those musicians were gospel players who also liked metal and rock. As my career grew, I started hanging with people like Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Juan Alderete of the Mars Volta, and a number of players who saw Jaco play, just like me.”
“The first moment I met [Jaco’s son] Johnny Pastorius, I said to him, ‘You gotta make a film about your father, because his story is so compelling’. Johnny and I stayed connected and he started working towards a documentary film with a guy called Bob Bobbing, the producer of an audio documentary called A Portrait Of Jaco: The Early Years. It’s really great – a beautiful piece.”
“Years went by, and Johnny brought Bob to a Metallica show, because he had told Bob that I was into Jaco and that he wanted to bring in other types of musicians to the documentary, because they understood Jaco’s relevance. They came to see Metallica and Bob was impressed with it, because it was a sold-out arena show in Fort Lauderdale. Bob and I became friends, and four years ago he asked me to jump on board with the production. Johnny and I had talked about this years before, so it was kind of a weird, ironic twist of fate that here we were.”
“I’m very hands-on. I’m financing the whole project. The production company is called Passion Pictures, who won an Oscar for Searching For Sugar Man. Stones In Exile. They’re really amazing, hands down the best documentary makers on the planet. The film is great. We got 99 per cent of the interviewees we set out to get. The range is vast, but it’s very well-balanced – you’ve got everyone from Geddy Lee to Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and Sting and Joni Mitchell, and then Jaco’s early collaborators, like the producer Bobby Colomby. Sony will be putting out the soundtrack to the film, which will have cutting-edge artists on it. It’s been one of the most fulfilling journeys I’ve been on, and it’s been great to see that there are magazines like yours that care about Jaco.”
Jaco will be receiving its UK premiere on Saturday 12 March in the Main Auditorium at Olympia London, where a select audience of privileged guests (that’s you!) will be witnessing this epic movie for the first time on a British big screen. Tickets cost a mere £5 for London Bass Guitar Show ticket holders (non-show ticket holders can grab a Jaco ticket for £10) and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis at www.londonbassguitarshow.com. It starts at 6.30pm and Robert himself will be on hand to introduce the film. The following day, he’ll be back on the Main Stage at 1pm for an extended Q&A about the film (and no doubt an update on Metallica’s activities) with BGM editor Joel McIver.