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Felix Pastorius: Next in the Continuum

Jaco's son honors his father's legacy on his own terms

Felix Pastorius, November 2009

It was only a matter of time. You could see the potential there nearly 20 years ago, when an 11-year-old Felix Pastorius participated in a 1993 tribute to his father, the late, great Jaco, who’d passed six years prior. At the now-defunct Cat Club in Manhattan, Felix performed renditions of “Continuum” and “Come On, Come Over” with his twin brother, Julius. Sporting baseball caps, high-top sneakers and matching Fender basses, the boys were a cute and touching sight to behold, but they were also nailing Jaco’s anthems note-for-note.

Julius would eventually switch to drums when the teenaged Pastorius twins formed their band Way of the Groove, which landed a regular Tuesday night gig at Alligator Alley in Oakland Park, Fla., where their father had grown up and close to where they were raised and home-schooled by their mother, Ingrid, who died last year from complications following an aortic aneurysm. Prior to that, at 16, Felix had played in Bobby Thomas Jr.’s Bermuda Triangle band, led by the South Florida percussionist, a former bandmate of Jaco’s in Weather Report.

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