Happy Birthday Jaco..

.. here’s Mr. Pastorius himself, during Weather Report’s 1976 Black Market tour. Saw them on that tour – first gig I ever attended, at the Palace Theatre on Oxford Rd. Me and my mate got off the bus home from school, hung around for a while and finally got in, school uniforms, briefcases, the lot (we may have removed our ties in an effort to affect a suitably casual ‘jazz’ air). They dimmed the house lights and played the whole of Ravel’s Bolero as a warm up – come to think of it, that’s probably where I got my love of atmospheric intro music..

..think I’ve probably still got the tour programme somewhere..

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