Jaco Pastorius was an American jazz bass player and composer. Having developed the original style and technique of playing the instrument, he became one of the most authoritative bassists of the second half of the 20th century. Pastorius is best known for his work with Weather Report from 1976 to 1981, as well as working with Joni Mitchell and his own solo projects.
John Francis Pastorius III was born on December 1, 1951 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. His father was famed jazz drummer Jack Pastorius. Until he was thirteen, Pastorius had played only percussion. Soon he became a local wonder because of his bass craft.