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The Jaco Pastorius Big Band was formed in 2003 by long time friend and original member of Jaco's Word of Mouth Big Band, Peter Graves, as a tribute to Jaco's legacy as a compositional genius as well as bass virtuoso. Mark Griffith has been the drummer for the band since it's inception. The band has recorded two CD's for the Heads Up International Jazz label.
The first recording released in August of 2003 titled "Word of Mouth Revisited" sold over 50,000 copies worldwide and won the prestigious 2004 Jazz Week Record of the Year award.

The second CD titled "The Word is Out!" was released in 2006, and again won the
2006 Jazz Week Record of the Year award.

The band has toured Japan, Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S. in support of the first recording, and has toured Japn three times due to the overwhelming demand for the band to regularly appear there.. See the archived news in the News section for pictures and info on the band's travels.