"Two weeks before he died, I knew it was coming," Molineaux remembers. "I saw it in his eyes. I was somewhat prepared for it. Looking into his eyes was like reading a poem, his last poem. I kept trying to talk with him and get close to him and get through to him, but I could see that he didn't want to talk any more."
Weber says he expects the bassist's family to attend the festival. Though neither Brecker nor Molineaux plans to perform any of Pastorius' compositions in concert, Molineaux will honor his friend in his own way: "Any time I play is a tribute to him. We were inseparable, and we said we would play together for the rest of our lives. So everything I play is a tribute."
The Hollywood Jazz Festival will be held Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23, at Young Circle Park in downtown Hollywood. Daily general admission tickets cost $5. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Call 800-370-1244 for more information.