Alwin Lopez “Al” Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) passed away at a Los Angeles hospital early Sunday morning. He was 76 years-old. Jarreau was referred to as “the voice of versatility”. He was awarded 7 Grammys, along with a host of other nominations and awards. Jarreau released 16 studio albums, many compilations and a plethora of live albums. Jarreau constantly toured the world with his music and magical voice. He was a consummate performer whom only recently announced his retirement.
Here is Al Jarreau performing live with George Benson:
Jarreau released 16 studio albums, many compilations and a plethora of live albums. Jarreau constantly toured the world with his music and magical voice. He was a consummate performer whom only recently announced his retirement.
This tribute video tells the life and times of a legendary Jazz musician, that will be dearly missed.
His management released this message:
Dear friends, family and colleagues,
Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 5:30am LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by Ryan, Susan, and a few of his family and friends.
Ryan and Susan will hold a small, private service at home, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet, but I will inform you if that changes.
Ryan asks that no flowers or gifts are send to their home or office. Instead, if you are motivated to do so, please make a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. A donation page is here. Even if you do not plan to contribute, please list that page and give yourself a few minutes to watch a beautiful tribute video that Wisconsin Public Television produced to honor Al when he received his lifetime achievement award in October.- Joe Gordon
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If you want to hear more of Al Jarreau’s music Click here for his best work
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