Remembering Jaco Pastorius: Performing Live With Weather Report In 1978

By Andy Kahn Sep 21, 2017 2:50 pm PDT

Today marks 30 years since the untimely death of talented bassist Jaco Pastorius. Born on December 1, 1951, Jaco was only 35 years old when he passed away after sustaining severe injuries following an altercation with a bouncer at a club in South Florida. Still regarded among the greatest electric bass players to ever lay down a rhythm, Jaco continues to inspire would-be four-stringers to attempt to capture his signature sound.

Pastorius rose in notoriety as a member of the jazz fusion group Weather Report, which he joined as Alphonso Johnson’s replacement in 1975. Alongside keyboardist Joe Zawinul, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and a number of drummers and percussionists, Pastorius shined alongside the talented group of players. The band’s album Heavy Weather, featuring their best-known composition “Birdland,” was issued during Jaco’s tenure in 1977, but by 1982 Pastorius was out of Weather Report and pursuing other solo interests.

A Weather Report lineup featuring Pastorius, Zawinul, Shorter and drummer Peter Erskine is featured in the video presented below. It captures the band’s September 1978 performance at Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany. Along with favorites including “Birdland” and “In A Silent Way,” the concert also features Jaco soloing on a medley of “Dolores,” “Portrait Of Tracy” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun.” Watch the full concert below:

Setlist

Weather Report at Stadthalle

  • Black Market
  • Scarlet Woman
  • Young and Fine
  • The Pursuit of the Woman With the Feathered Hat
  • A Remark You Made
  • River People
  • Thanks for the Memory  
  • Dolores / Portrait of Tracy / Third Stone From the Sun  
  • Mr. Gone
  • In a Silent Way  
  • Waterfall
  • Teen Town
  • I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good / The Midnight Sun Will Never Set on You
  • Birdland
  • Fred & Jack
  • Elegant People
  • Badia / Boogie Woogie Waltz
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