2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Fusion of Musical Styles in Jaco Pastorius' "Opus Pocus"
Vincent A. Wallace♦
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

Jaco Pastorius was an American electric bass guitar player active in the 1970s and 80s who became famous for his virtuosic playing abilities and revolutionary approach to his instrument. What is less well known is Jaco's contribution as a composer to fusion jazz throughout the late 20th century. This presentation will examine Pastorius' influence on this genre through analysis of one of his early works, "Opus Pocus".

Keywords: Jaco Pastorius, Fusion, Jazz, 20th Century, Music, Electric Bass


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 28-4
Location: OP 2117
Time: 2:00

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