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Metallica Bassist Robert Trujillo to speak at Loyola University New Orleans about the making of "Jaco"

Loyola press release - October 20, 2015

Trujillo will discuss the making of documentary film about legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo visits Loyola University New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 22 to discuss the making of the forthcoming film “Jaco,” about the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius who died tragically at age 35.

The world-renowned will speak to Loyola students and friends from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Nunemaker Hall, located in the newly renovated Monroe Hall at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The pair will be interviewed “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style by Jim Gabour, director of Loyola’s newly launched digital filmmaking undergraduate degree program. The event is held in conjunction with the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and Grammy U.

Gabour, a Grammy-nominated filmmaker, will intersperse his interview with clips from “Jaco,” offering glimpses of the legendary bassist, as well as award-winning musician Herbie Hancock, and Michael “Flea” Balzary, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. The focus will be on the making of the film. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

“He was a brilliant, incredible bassist who really set the standard for everything,” Gabour said of Pastorius, a legendary musician and composer tragically killed by a stranger at 35 while exiting a bar. “The film, which was created by his son and one of his biggest friends and fans, provides insight to his short but extraordinary life.”

Trujillo and Jaco Pastorius’ eldest son, John “Johnny” Pastorius IX executive produced “Jaco” in association with Passion Pictures and directors Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijack. The documentary, which chronicles the short-but-scintillating life of Jaco Pastorius, will be available via VOD, streaming services and digital download on Friday, Nov. 27, along with the official DVD/Blu-ray release in association with Record Store Day and Black Friday 2015.

Also, on Friday, Nov. 27, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “Jaco: Original Soundtrack,” a single-disc collection of music from the film, Sony announced today. The collection of 16 tracks includes 11 Pastorius originals and unveils three new recordings, including new interpretations of several Pastorius classics, as well as musical collaborations by headline musicians from Trujillo, Hancock and Flea to Joni Mitchell, Ian Hunter and Mary Pastorius, Jaco Pastorius’ daughter. The collection also includes line notes on Jaco Pastorius written by Trujillo and album co-producer and collaborator Chuck Doom.

“Jaco” has recently gained attention at major film festivals, including the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The film includes never-before-seen 8 mm footage, photographs and audio recordings from the Pastorius family archive and audio recordings and follows Pastorius’ musical career from its early beginnings. Adding memories are fans, followers and musicians Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana, among others.

Loyola University New Orleans Chair of Music industry Studies and five-time Grammy Award-winner John Snyder produced some of Jaco Pastorius’ earliest recordings. Pastorius was 24 years old and had just released his first album in 1975, when Snyder produced the track, “A Portrait of Sal LaRosa,” a recording by Ira Sullivan for A&M Records entitled “Ira Sullivan,” and two other tracks that remain unreleased. Of the 350 new recordings that Snyder has produced, 32 have been nominated for Grammys and five have won. Under his direction at Loyola, the Film and Music Industry Studies department prepares film and music students for entrepreneurial and business success in the creative professions.

“He was pretty amazing,” said Snyder, who knew Pastorius throughout his brief life. “It was clear from the beginning that he was a genius, but what stuck out in my mind was that he was an eager, excited and focused young man.”