Jaco wrote this note in response to a young bassist's inquiry.
Here is an excerpt of the letter Bill "Cork" Green wrote:
.....I could go on & on about my infatuation with Jaco and his music, but
finally one day in 1979, I decided to write to him - I think I addressed
the letter in care of Ruffalo Management, which was listed on the back
of the '8:30' album. One day months after I'd sent the letter and had
pretty much forgotten about it, my friend and bandmate, Wayne Dagenais
(who now plays keyboards in various r&b bands in Ft. Lauderdale), sought
me in a very excited state. He told me that he had just collected the
mail from our rural route delivery, and it included a letter to me from Jaco!
I'll never forget how astounded and honored I was that this famous musician
had actually taken the time to respond, as I never really expected to receive
a reply from him. I have guarded this letter for twenty-three years, and it
has been the envy of every musician I have ever shown it to. I feel like
I have come full circle, now that I can finally share it with Jaco's
family and legion of fans. I know that Jaco would have approved."
Click here to read the letter Cork wrote Jaco with the questions,
which Jaco returned to Cork with the questions marked by numbers,
corresponding with the numbers in the above pictured note from Jaco.
Click here to read the questions and answers on one page.
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