On this date in 1951 we were gifted Jaco, this year our
gift to him is an Arts and Music Park in his name:
JACO PASTORIUS PARK, OAKLAND PARK CITY, FL,
established November 28, 2007
Thank You, Robert Rutherford.
Resolution naming the Downtown Park after Jaco Pastorius
1 BACKGROUND HISTORY
During the regular City Commission meeting on November 7, 2007 the Commission directed staff
to bring forward an agenda item to officially name the Downtown Park site for Jaco Pastorius.
The application provided by Oakland Park resident Robert Rutherford on March 7, 2007 was found
to meet the standards set by Resolution R98 044 The item was initially discussed at the City
Commission workshop on October 24 2007 and brought forth for additional discussion at a regular
meeting on November 7 2007
2 FINDINGS CURRENT ACTIVITY
On November 15 2007 the total count of signed petitions totaled 1123 and is broken down to
37 Oakland Park names 264 throughout Broward County 59 in Miami Dade County 49 in Palm Beach
County 62 throughout the State of Florida 69 supporters in the United States 35 International
signatures including 548 on the online petition website wwwpetitiononline.com. Based on the
information provided at the November 7, 2007 meeting staff researched other potential programs
to include Jaco Pastorius name and to further promote his legacy in the City of Oakland Park
Main Street has committed to assisting the City with programs and special events to promote
the park and Jaco Pastorius. The Historical Society has verbally committed to assisting the
City with displays memorabilia and programs relating to the preservation and education of
Jaco s life Northeast High School his Alma Mater is currently the home of the Jaco Pastorius
Scholarship Program although not active at this time it once provided financial assistance
to students in the fine arts program and furthering their studies in the field of music.
Preliminary discussions have already begun with the school and Main Street for joint
ventures in the reinstatement of the scholarship program music festivals and promotion of
this hometown legend. The City is also considering incorporating his name into specific
aspects of our cultural educational and musical programs including the Performing Arts
Program The City's consulting firm upon Commission approval is ready to incorporate
Jaco Pastorius into the design of the park The firm is just beginning the design stage
after the purchase and incorporation of the second site OS 152. The arts and music will
be the focus of the park in Jaco's honor.
NOVEMBER 7, 2007: A JACO PASTORIUS PARK !
We are getting close!
BEST NEWS EVER!
Thanks to ALL for being there/here in mind, body, and spirit!
Colin, Felix, Julius, and Adam, after 6 years, are taking a sabbatical
from WOTG. They are individually pursuing careers in music, adding
variety to their collective growth. Colin has been playing locally in
South Florida, such as at Arturo Sandoval's on Miami Beach, Julius
performs in/around NY and Florida with Bendy Pastorius Group,
while Felix has been on the road and studio with Jeff Coffin,
as well as working with the Bendy Pastorius Group,
and his jazz quartet Counterpoint Jazz Collective.
Felix and Julius were invited to participate in the Penang Jazz Festival
in Malaysia on December 1, 2007, Jaco's birthday. The Penang Jazz
Festival committee was so kind, and generous to make it available
to Jaco's twins, alas, after all the work by the Penang Jazz Festival,
Felix and Julius at the last minute had to cancel due to plans by Jaco Pastorius, Inc. for a special event honoring their father taking
place on December 2 at the Broward Center for Performing Arts with
the great Peter Erskine,
and more. To the twins' great disappointment they had no choice but
to withdraw from partaking in the Penang Jazz Festival in order to
attend the honoring of their father in the 20th year of his passing.
All the band members appreciate the understanding, and patience.
As soon as the specifics about the December 2 celebration
becomes available it will be posted at www.jacopastorius.com.
In the meantime, help get a Jaco Park named after him, see below.
..with many amazing, wondrous, and lasting memories.
The world adores you more today than yesterday.
Everyday your name passes over someone's lips.
Each day your music is played, over and over.
People who don't know you say they love you
and miss you...as Felix, Julius and I do.
As Julia Elizabeth (Tomlin) Hall says to her Mom Patricia:
"Momma, Jaco is immortal. His music lives on now just
as it did when you played it for us all the time. Not
only is his music still valid today, it also lives on
in the fingers of bassists around the world."
"The collective talent of these three musicians, and their enduring influence,
goes far beyond the bounds of jazz or even the jazz-rock fusion genres. All three
had deep roots in rock and roll and blues -- and jazz -- that shaded their music
no matter what setting they found themselves in. TRIO OF DOOM underscores a
template that was passed down to the next generation of electric guitarists,
electric bassists, and drummers whose styles transcended the confining
limitations of jazz and rock. Improvisational jazz never rocked this
hard, and instrumental rock never cooked with such brainpower."
Several fans attended the meeting to speak on behalf of naming the new park that
is being build in Oakland Park, Florida after Jaco, among them Karla Damien from
Miami Beach, Henry Carpenter from Castle Rock, CO, Yvelisse and Willy Rios from
Hialeah, myself on behalf of Jaco's twins as well, and of course Robert Rutherford.
The then vice mayor, now mayor of Oakland Park City, Larry Gierer spoke in
support of the naming of Jaco Park, as do several of the other commissioners.
Mayor Gierer spoke with us after the session ended, and stated that the
Park will now be larger in scale than initially planned, and that he
saw no reason why it wouldn't be named after Jaco Pastorius.
MARCH 6, 2007: COME ON, COME OVER!
Voice your support for
Jaco Pastorius Park
Application and petitions presentation
Oakland Park City Hall
3650 NE 12th Ave.
March 7, 2007
Everyone will have four minutes to share their views with the City. This is
Oakland Park's opportunity to honor the 'The World's Greatest Bass Player'.
Jaco grew up here, went to school here, and changed music history here.
It's been nearly 20 years since his death and nothing has been done to
honor him in his hometown. The naming of the new downtown park would
be a fitting and lasting tribute to a man who heard the music in the
life of Oakland Park and south Florida. It will be a welcoming place
for residents and visitors. And a music legend will finally be
recognized by his hometown.