Robert Thomas Jr., Peter Erskine & Jaco Pastorius w/ British TV crew after filming of jam session at Peter’s rented house in Silverlake (where Jaco was staying to complete “Word of Mouth” in L.A).
Jaco Pastorius w/ Dr. Fred Erskine at 7th Avenue South, New York
Photo taken by Peter Erskine at A&M Studios, Hollywood in 1978 during the tracking sessions for Joni Mitchell’s “Mingus” album … Jaco was imitating Peter imitating a photo of Steve Khan imitating a photo of Lionel Hampton from the old Zildjian Set
Jaco Pastorius at the mixing board in Devonshire Studios with engineer Jerry Hudgins (deceased) during the “Word of Mouth” post-production sessions. Note: NO AUTOMATION. All mix moves and effects were accomplished by hand (and edits).
Peter Erskine: "I took this photo just as Jaco [Pastorius] was either coming back from or going to a photo shoot of him walking around Havana, posing, etc. This was the first trip where Jaco’s erratic behavior became so manifest/obvious."
Jaco & Ingrid Pastorius in Japan (photo: Peter Erskine)
Peter Erskine: "I believe that’s Bonnie Bramlett trading autographs with Jaco [Pastorius]. Jaco was like a magnet; everyone and everything was drawn to him in Havana: Cuban fans, rock and roll stars, jazz legends, and trouble."
Jaco Pastorius, interpreter Mutsuko "Musty" Mano, Joe Zawinul at FM Tokyo in 1978 (photo: Peter Erskine)
Jaco Pastorius giving Billy Joel a hard time, or Billy Joel giving Jaco some lip. On the beach outside of Havana, 1979. (photo: Peter Erskine)
Peter Erskine: "Joni Mitchell's 'Mingus' session. Photo taken at the end of the 2-day recording. That album went by pretty quickly at that point. l. to r.: Peter, Joni, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock." (photo: courtesy of Peter Erskine)
Peter Erskine: "Jaco Pastorius jumping up on the drum riser during a Weather Report soundcheck in Honolulu, summer of 1978."
Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter & Joe Zawinul, 1978. Peter Erskine: "I snapped this in a Shinkansen station; looks like Osaka."
During his tenure with Weather Report during the late ’70s and early ’80s, Peter Erskine not only carried around his drum sticks, but a camera as well. Among the hundreds of candid, intimate shots he took during those years were a handful that display the many sides of Jaco Pastorius, one of the most influential and revered bassists in the history of the instrument.