I noticed the park a few years back, since it`s right around the corner from my house just a mile or so North on Dixie Hwy, made a mental note to stop by, bring a book or a CD that Jaco was playing on, but at the time I was still drinking, so I never made it there. But I thought before I leave for another year on the bike it was well worthy of a write up.
As it happens, alcohol and drug abuse was the how and why Jaco`s life ended like it did, a beating at the hands of a bouncer due to Jacos mood swings and temper.
He, like myself, started out playing drums, but a wrist injury from a football accident left him unable to play.
At the time he was playing with a local band, The Las Olas Brass, and since the bass player decided to quit, bought a used bass guitar for $15 from a local pawn shop and began to learn to play the bass.
He went on to buying an upright bass, but soon realised the difficulties of maintining it down in the humid sandbox of Florida. After a crack developed in the body of the upright, he traded it for a 1960 Fender Jazz Bass.