The first film presented in the 6th edition of Six Degrees of Jazz is, JACO: the Film, a documentary film telling the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who changed the course of modern music.
Sunday, Jan 3 2016

Never-before-seen archive unveils the story of Jaco's life, his music, his demise, and the lasting victory of artistic genius. There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument, and even fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both. In 1976, Jaco’s melodic “singing” bass style redefined the role of the bass in modern music. Almost overnight, critics hailed Jaco Pastorius as “the future of modern music,” alongside popular visionaries like David Bowie, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, and Herbie Hancock.

Driven only by his own desire to create the music he wanted to hear, Jaco transformed himself from a poor and unknown, scrappy Florida boy, into an international sensation — all without any formal musical training. Instead of chasing popular music, Jaco led his fans towards the music inside him. Defiantly jumping off amplifiers, heaving his bass through the air, and refusing to be just a “sideman,” Jaco broke down the barriers between audiences and genres. Now over 25 years since his violent and untimely death, his story will teach the world about true musicianship, family, and the indestructible power of the human spirit. Directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand. Produced by Metallica bassist and Jaco fan, Robert Trujillo.

For more information on the life and work of Jaco Pastorius visit his website.


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This promotion expires at 11:59pm on Monday, January 18th. Tickets will only be available at the door the day of the film. Tickets are $10 each or $7 for Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon Jazz Society, and CFCR members.


Presented by the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Six Degrees of Jazz Film Series is designed to celebrate and explore the history of jazz and other styles of music. Now in its 6th season, the series has become an opportunity for fans of our festival to enjoy classic and contemporary films with the occasional added perk. Ever wonder how people get pre-sale codes before anyone else? It's been known to happen at Six Degrees of Jazz! All films screen between January and May at the Broadway Theatre. To ensure you don't miss out sign up for our newsletter or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Six Degrees of Jazz is sponsored by St. John's Music, and is in partnership with the Broadway Theatre. Promotional support for the series is provided by CFCR 90.5 FM.


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