Jaco (film)

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Official poster from the worldwide premiere in Los Angeles, California
Directed byPaul Marchand, Stephen Kijak
Written byPaul Marchand, Robert Trujillo
Produced byRobert Trujillo, John Battsek
StarringJaco Pastorius, Sting, Bootsy Collins, Flea, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Jemmott, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana
CinematographyRoger de Giacomi
Edited byPaul Marchand
Music byJaco Pastorius
Passion Pictures, Slang East/West
Release date
  • November 22, 2014 (2014-11-22)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States

Jaco is a 2014 American documentary that depicts the life and death of jazz musician Jaco Pastorius. The film was directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak[1] and produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica and John Battsek of Passion Pictures.[2]

The film features interviews with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Jerry Jemmott, Jonas Hellborg, Bootsy Collins, and Flea.[3]


The New York Times called Jaco "an illuminating, compassionate new documentary."[4] Decider pronounced it "an engaging and interesting documentary" albeit about a "musician’s musician" which could limit its appeal.[5] Bassist Billy Sheehan felt that it was "a wonderful film" but opined that "I think, maybe, it might have concentrated on some eccentricities a little bit more than it could have."[6]


  1. ^ "JACO documentary: exclusive interview with film director Paul Marchand". Jazzwise. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Jaco : the film, on jacopastorius.com
  3. ^ Ragusea, Adam (18 April 2014). "Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary". NPR.org. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Chinen, Nate (November 27, 2015). "'Jaco,' a Documentary About the Jazz Musician Jaco Pastorius". The New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Smith, Benjamin H. (July 1, 2016). "'Jaco' Documentary Profiles Troubled Jazz Fusion Bass Virtuoso". Decider. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Hartmann, Graham (February 22, 2017). "Billy Sheehan Remembers Jamming With Jaco Pastorius + Talks 'Jaco' Documentary". Loudwire. Retrieved June 18, 2019.

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