Jaco Incorporated

Why can't family, friends, and fans of the world's greatest bass player get along?

Ingrid, meanwhile, says she doesn't understand the controversy about the park and an associated concert. "I had nothing to do with it," she says of the initial idea, though she supports what Rutherford is doing. "It's such a beautiful, lovely thing to do."

For now, the plot of land in Oakland Park at NE 38th Street and Dixie Highway that is slated to become a park is still just a dirt lot. At his website, Rutherford collects ideas for the park, which might include a basketball court (Jaco's favorite sport), a council oak, an amphitheater for live performances, or a mural reflecting Jaco's legacy.

But Seigi Constantine, director of Oakland Park Main Street, an urban revitalization project, feels chafed after dealing with the rival families. "I had no clue," she explains, "and stepped in it with both feet." A jazz fan herself, Constantine's enthusiasm took a hit the moment she received a letter from JPI signed by Mary Pastorius. "We exist, and you are not doing anything without our blessing," Constantine remembers.

At the same time, Rutherford has run into opposition from commissioner Suzanne Boisvenue. "She's hesitant. She's harping on the drug use at the end of his life, saying she'll never name a park for a junkie," Rutherford says.

"I don't know anything about it," Boisvenue tells New Times. "I'm neither opposed nor in favor until I see backup materials."

So far, the park idea hasn't even been up for a vote before the commission.

Says Bobby Thomas Jr., who played with Jaco in Weather Report: "The guy affected the whole planet, and his sorry-ass town hasn't done anything."

Ed Bell, a producer with local public FM station WLRN, says: "He was such a legendary figure, his music is still consistently played around the world, and his influence is still heavily felt. A park would be an incredible tribute to him."

To Rutherford, the issue is too important to leave in the hands of a corporation he sees thwarting every grass-roots celebration of Jaco's life. "It's been 19 years, and they've done nothing."

Mary counters, however, that JPI is "100 percent for... dedicating a park in our father's honor. The notion that JPI is against the proposed Jaco Pastorius park is absurd."

But Holly Spillane, Julius and Felix's aunt, who spent years with the family before and after Jaco's demise, says: "The corporation has the responsibility to control decisions about the park, that's understood. But they're not really collaborating with the project, so it seems like they're trying to prevent it."

Constantine still hopes for success. A park mural painted by a local artist with images of Jaco. A dedication ceremony and concert with the Pastorius kids reunited. "I know when we do this event," she says, "all four will be here."

The Martial Artist
For the first time, the man who ended Jaco's life speaks about it.

Last year, in a web forum, a Jaco Pastorius fan revealed that he'd tracked down Luc Havan, the man whose punch killed Jaco and who subsequently served only a few months in prison for manslaughter.

Now a real estate agent in Palm Beach County, Havan says he is occasionally contacted by the curious and the angry. "I had people ask me if I was the guy," he says over the phone from his office. "I didn't want to add fuel to the fire, so I just disregarded [them]."

But Havan says he doesn't get harassed, despite the notoriety of his past. "In all these years, I've never run into anyone who's come up and said, 'You're him.'"

Earlier on the night of September 11, 1987, Pastorius had climbed onstage during a Santana concert and was escorted outside. According to Bill Milkowski's biography, Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, the bass player had also engaged in a drunken confrontation with his ex-girlfriend, Teresa Nagell. Later, he was in Wilton Manors, stumbling into the Midnight Bottle Club.

"I just said, 'Listen, you're too drunk. You can't come in,'" recalls Havan, who says he also extended a peace offering. "But come back tomorrow night, not all drunk like tonight, and everything is on me."

Havan says he told employee Cristy Eaton to cover Jaco's tab the next time they saw him sober. "Because I knew who he was, and I'd heard how he gets when people don't recognize him and things."

With that, Havan says he turned around and walked away. "But he started to hit me, and I had a knee-jerk reaction, and I hit him. I tried to tell him to leave it on a good note, but, you know..."

At the time, Jaco had made himself unwelcome at almost every other watering hole in the area. "That's probably why he got mad at me telling him I couldn't let him in," Havan guesses. "I'd heard he was living on the street."

Havan remembers throwing a punch that hit Jaco's left temple. "That's where I admitted to hitting him, and that's where he got hit. But his major fracture was on the right side when he fell. The other side of his head hit the ledge by the door."

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jungjason99
jungjason99

Even if Jaco didn't get killed by luc Jaco would've evuntually die because of bipolar disease. And those people who threatened luc are hypocrites. Killing him cant bring jaco back

brad4143
brad4143

Luc needs his head bashed in with one of jaco's basses, or maybe yet strangled with one of jaco's bass strings. Then and only then will justice be served. 

GotohellLucHavan
GotohellLucHavan

Holland people= Nazis???

 

Goovaert VanBanning have a name like a colonialist in South Africa during the Boers "domination" (of stupidity) and the Apartheid... Back in France nazi bastard and I will be very happy to meet you for a savage meethead. Goovaert what a stupid name for degenerate underraced people like this country of assholes lol

AntiGoovaert
AntiGoovaert

Luc Havan you're the scumest piece of rat shit on earth so fuck you, crawl into a hole and died like the bitch you are. You have killed Jaco you have to paid for what you did. Four months wasn' enought. Now you have to committed suicide if you don't want to rot in hell for eternity.

AntiGoovaert
AntiGoovaert

To the stupid boer monkey Goovaert Van Banning: All the France said fuck you to you and your dirty country son of a bitch! You're just a stupid colonialist who deserve to be slashed and bashed until death in Africa where you put your stupidity. So crawl with Luc Havan in to a hole and die old mother fucker of boers. All people fuck you! All Africans fuck you! And all France fuck you and your insignifiant country. You deserve to die WE pissed on your dirty pig face. DIE SCUM!

Julio Atitude
Julio Atitude

Hermanos yo soy Creyente, y como tal les digo que con las oraciones tambien puedes conseguir el castigo de Dios a tu enemigo, y veo que muchos al igual que yo odian a este bastardo asesino de havan, y creo que el mejor castigo debido a su NO arrepentimiento, sería el sufrimiento de los seres que el más quiere (si conocerá el significado de esta palabra), porque creo que la Ley Divina de victima por victima no es suficiente para este caso, este sujeto y los que de su familia apoyan su actitud o su defensa frente a este asunto merecen ser castigados de la forma más dolorosa.

Boogydj
Boogydj

Luc Havan 48Y. Boca Raton, FL real estate agentNewman Residential Inc 315 SE Mizner Blvd; Suite 214A33432phone: 5613478933

Scou
Scou

Idiots posting racist remarks and empty threats! Get over it, it's tragic a man died but it happens every day, over 20 years passed. Nobody will ever know what happened

roge
roge

friends, family, and the worlds greatest bass player CANT GET ALONG because a 3 foot jackdonkey beat him so bad his teeth went through his lip, his eye essesntialy popped out, his shoulder was dislocated, and the list goes ON. WHY? because this little slant eyed fool out to destroy a homeless drunk mentally ill guy had to beat him into a coma (yeah luc you half pint pussy) did not "hit him and he fell on a curb". YOU KILLED HIM. NOW YOU DIE!!! 

Geo Loukin
Geo Loukin

luc you midget killer. i am an ex-military sniper. i know where you are. justice will be served within one year. enough said.

FLASL67
FLASL67

Luc Havan is scum piece of shit.  He should have served 30 years in prison. 

Goovaert van Banning Holland
Goovaert van Banning Holland

French men cannot hold their in their pockets. God created France, beautiful, but he made his biggest mistake by creating the french people! In Holland he would never ger away with it, people are put in jail for less!

sivad
sivad

All you idiot morons who live in fantasy world, it was EXACTLYhis intention to inflict as much pain and hurt upon him as possible. He couldhave subdued him and waited for the cops but he enjoyed beating him and now themaggot is walking free. I can’t believe the low life has not been taken out bya Good Samaritan. He will do it again and enjoy it again. 

LoBo
LoBo

Doing your Job? I always hated bouncers for being abusive. They won't go anywhere with that attitude. You should be getting out of jail by now. You've taken out from this world my hero you piece of bouncer...

Colton Barrier
Colton Barrier

Im sure it was not Luc's intension to kill him. He was simply doing his job. Take it easy and lay off until you hear both sides of the story. I knew Luc for a very long time and he is NOT a killer unless he is threatened.

Abc123
Abc123

Luc Havan, you are scum and deserve to be eliminated for taking Jaco from this world.

Neut Kiley
Neut Kiley

jaco blew it....that's all....just like Jimi, Belushi, Elvis, johnny CAsh....michael Jackson and all the other dope feens......so they are talented artists....well they are dead now...

I don't feel sorry for any of them.......you play with fire....you get burned....

bonju patten
bonju patten

Luc Havan - you had a scummy job as a bouncer with so little power that you had to take out your frustrations on a drunk sick man and killed him. Jaco was a helpless man under the influence but I think it is you who was the sickest man that night. You got 4 years but it's your karma and your reality that you will serve a lifetime with his name on your head. You took the life of another human being who was weaker than you and who you thought was dispensable. Jaco was human - you are now a Realtor - the 2nd worst profession in the world next to being a lawyer. I don't think you can sink any lower and that you wanted to apologize to his family after you murdered him and walked out a free man. You condemned them and him to a fate that perhaps you have sidestepped but karma is a bitch, Luc good luck in dodging your eventual fate.

Kevin
Kevin

@ FredThis Havan-guy did not just kill a man with children. He, a useless bouncer, killed a musician and only got 4 months jailtime!This guy should get every cancer there is and have a verry long and painfull death.

OffRamp
OffRamp

I just wish Jaco was still here with us.

Thomas
Thomas

Good one Dave!! I'm with you bro-thanks for posting.

Fred
Fred

I find Luc Havan's comments in this article repulsive. You killed a man, Luc. This man had family and friends and deserved to live. You had no right to take his life, no matter how you try to explain it away; you are responsible for your own actions. Have some respect for those thousands of us that loved him, even with his illnesses. Stop making excuses for your cowardly act of brutality, and stop rationalizing your violence by blaming the victim (he hit me first, he was a drug addict, he was not eating right, etc). It's been 23 years. Grow up and apologize to the family at least. That is the very least you can do. Your "suffering" does not equal the loss of Jaco Pastorius--are you delusional? Why don't you do something like try and prevent others from using violence to kill people? Instead of selfishly focusing on your own self pity, do something good for those who are suffering.

nomore
nomore

Somebody needs to take out this Luc Havan monster.Better watch your back Luc....!

Chris Chasse
Chris Chasse

All I have to say here is shame on all of you who are trying to use Jaco to further your own careers and make a name for yourselves, you know who you are. You know that he would never behave like this on your behalf. Jaco is someone whom so meny people admire, appreciate, and respect and for you to use him like this is unforgivable. As to the family, be at peace with each other, and dont let fame and fortune come between whats really important. All the Respect,Chris Chasse

Chris Chasse
Chris Chasse

All I have to say here is shame on all of you who are trying to use Jaco to further your own careers and make a name for yourselves, you know who you are. You know that he would never behave like this on your behalf. Jaco is someone whom so meny people admire, appreciate, and respect and for you to use him like this is unforgivable. As to the family, be at peace with each other, and dont let fame and fortune come between whats really important. All the Respect,Chris Chasse

conrad
conrad

@jungjason99 Man stop with your shit Luc Havan is a bastard killer who ever pay for his atrocious crime. He kills an intoxicated man who didn't could defend himself. I'm hypocrite? And what about you? Give right to bastard murderers like him who never pay their crimes? This animal just did four months in jail cause he was known family of the greatest stupid politician in Florida, Mr Jeb Bush! And he's totally free, without any regreat,... this underraced and untalented fucking pig kill a pure Genius and a real talented man. He can't imagine how his crime is so horrible for people who know music and arts cause this bastard known anything! "He's doing his job doh!". Fucking pathetic moron go to hell with this cock sucker.

mpolo739
mpolo739

You ignorant twat. There were witnesses who KNOW exactly what happened. They said that Luc Havan gave a drunk Jaco Pastorius a fierce and savage beating that eventually killed him. Now go back to Mental Midget Land you useless turd.

AntiGoovaert
AntiGoovaert

Just see upside you have a post for you.

 

You and all your Holland country of nazis are just deserve to be exterminated for your stupidity and insuffisance. All idiots came from Holland it's not a surprise. Your and your family are just stupids like all people in your country. God create France, and the Godemichet create Holland and his people like you stupid animal you are. So keep your stupid words and insignifiant culture we don't need monkeys and stupid past colonialist like you in our continent so get out and die in to a hole. Die idiot moron!

GotohellLucHavan
GotohellLucHavan

Luc Havan Lie to Police said Jaco felt down. Being pardon? Felt for few contusions and a right eye pocket and savage brain damage? You can tell to your stupid friend that he's just a little piece of rat shit. He kill's the last 20th century, the greatest bass player in the world, like he kill's Mozart. Hey man! Your animal friend don't kill just a lonely fuck guy: he kill's a genius. What he was your friend? Just a stupid insignifiant bouncer who didn't know anything in arts or others. Jaco was a genius. Luc Havan was? Just an unsignifiant ratshit. For your "good" friend Luc Havan : Just say have a miserable life and go to hell for what you did big fat asshole!

Silver261
Silver261

 luc haven was a cheap thug who nothing but violence and drugs a cheap pimp whos only claim to fame was to MURDER  much loved jazz bass  player in his hour of need. my heart goes out to jacos family a true musical genius.this murder sickens me to the depth of my being.JACO IS DEAD LONG LIVE JACO PASTORIUS! .thanks for sharing your talent with us

impartial observer
impartial observer

I just read the biography of Jaco. Truly a sad tale. I also happen to work in the medical field. It is highly improbable that any person could sustain injuries from one single blow and fall that would result in the victim not being able to use his left arm again, his right eye dislodged from its socket, and several fractured facial bones. This is just what eyewitnesses said it was.....a savage beating. When Havan says "he probably would have recovered if he wasn't an alcoholic" further proves he is not being truthful about what happened. By all accounts, Luc Havan was a laid back guy that didn;t go picking fights, and Jaco by alll acounts could be obnoxious and out of control when drinking. I am guessing Jaco did something to make the man snap, but this is mere speculation. Did he spit in his face? I heard Havan was born in Saigon. Maybe a racial insult? Only God and Luc Havan know the truth. I sure wouldn't want to go before my Creator with blood on my hands

Mr.Walks
Mr.Walks

That is completely bogus to say! Unfortunately, we will never here both sides of the story, because one side is dead.....I can hear this Luc Havan guy saying "i was just doing my job". So were the Nazis...(Colton) are you waiting to here their side of the story? You think you have somebody's back by saying that. I don't know you (Colton), so i won't call you an idiot, but i will say, you are misguided.

Mr.Walks
Mr.Walks

Listen buddy, i've known and witnessed martial artists threatened and actually attacked by obviously weaker individuals and maintained some sort discipline and/or calm demeanor... maybe breaking a leg or a strong enough blow to the jaw just to immobilize or control the person attacking them, but never, ever, ever using their skills to kill a person...dude...one of my good friends who trained for yrs, told me there is no fulfillment in or thrill at all from hurting someone who is a non martial artist, especially one that is obviously inebriated, even early on in his training would never do that...it's like a grown man beating down a kid...what's the point? You don't need to be a martial artist to know that, only an animal would do something so heartless....So stop defending a criminal, He killed a father, a brother and one of the most inspiring figures of our American music heritage. (To Luc Haven) : Man, you fucked-up and will have karmic repercussions that will take many lifetimes to overcome.

brad4143
brad4143

I still think it would be nice if Luc Haven got his head bashed in with one of Jaco's basses. Sweet revenge..or maybe strangled with one of his bass strings,

Tom
Tom

Hey Neut, don't you mean "you play with fire, you get murdered?"

I'm sure Luc was waiting for the day. "Wow I get to finally pummel the hell out of someone." Was Luc's life threatened in any way? If you were the bouncer, would you have KILLED Jaco.

Actually Jaco was really sick. I've lived with a bi-polar person for years and it's horrible what they go through. I DO feel sorry for Jaco. I'm sure you're insensitive for a reason.

As for Luc Haven...I pray you burn in Hell, which I am sure you will.

Mr.Walks
Mr.Walks

you're an idiot, period.

Srv8t9we4g57890hn985gq5908f7n
Srv8t9we4g57890hn985gq5908f7n

Just like Jimi, & Johnny Cash? Are you ignorant, retarded or just plain stupid? Jimi was far from being a "junkie". Obviously you know nothing about his death & the casual drug use of the 60's. And Johnny Cash??? Really??? He died of Shy-Drager syndrome, you moron. As for his drug addiction, he was clean the last 11yrs of his life, & before that, clean for periods of 5 years at a time. As for Jaco, Fuck off, ya rancid piece'o shit. He had mental problems.

Nick
Nick

Whoever this guy is, he can't possibly sleep at night like the rest of us. Funny thing is, most of us never make the mistake he made. Who the Hell cares. Jaco Pastorius could have been some drunken, illiterate hassling jerk off the street, but last time I checked, that doesn't demand a summary death sentence. And it doesn't deserve some schmuck who can barely read to deliver it.

I don't really care who Luc Havan is. Really, he's beneath consideration. But if I ever meet him in person . . . all those caveats go straight out the window.

I'll kick his unholy ass till Sunday.

erin
erin

 @mpolo739  Check posting of the SS colonialist Goovaert Van Banning from Holland and you will understand where is the Mental Midget Land...

Mr.Walks
Mr.Walks

i concur. i don't know why i even responded to Neut Kiley...you, Neut Kiley obviously know very little about any of the people you mentioned outside of what the mainstream media tells you...dude read some of these artist's memoirs or books written about them, then again it'll probably have very little influence on your narrow perspective. Grow-up, the world is much more interesting when you begin to free your mind, and then maybe, your ass will follow !!!

 
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