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Jaco Pastorius' bass guitar workshop in Martinique

December 1984

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In 1984, I found on a bulletin board at the Music Department of the University of Puerto Rico, a brochure announcing a worldwide guitar conference in the Caribbean island of Martinique. I read on page 3 and page 4 that Jaco would be teaching bass guitar. I made the necessary arrangements to participate in this unique event.

On the last paragraph, page 150 of The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, Bill Milkowski mentioned a trip to Guadeloupe that Jaco and Rashied Ali did "to conduct clinics and play a series of concerts. Their performance on December 19 was broadcast over French radio."
I find these statements inaccurate since I know first hand that the events took place in Martinique from December 10 until December 14 (day 5, Jaco's concert). The following pages describe the highlights for each day and include recordings.

Read about another participant account of the workshop.

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