Jazz Vocalist Al Jarreau Dead at 76

by , TheWrap.com | February 12, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 15: Al Jarreau performs onstage during the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition 2015 at Dolby Theatre on November 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

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Jarreau’s death was confirmed with a statement posted on his website, which thanked family members, fans and shared an inspirational note with the younger generation.

“To young people everywhere, especially the musicians he was grateful to meet at school workshops, musical competitions, residencies, and at concerts: From you, Al asks a favor. Please find any artistic thing that you can do with passion, and do it. With art in your life, you will be a better family member, neighbor, friend, and citizen,” the statement said.

 After graduate school, Jarreau moved to San Francisco where he worked as a rehabilitation counselor and moonlighted with a jazz trio. He finally went full time in 1968 and released his first album, “We Got By,” in 1975.

Jarreau’s career started late but didn’t take long to gain lift off, as he picked up his first Grammy award in 1978 for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Look to the Rainbow,” a live album recorded from a European tour.

The jazz singer experimented with rock and R&B and went on to win six more Grammys, with his last one coming in 2007 for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “God Bless the Child” alongside George Benson and Jill Scott.

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Published on February 12, 2017 at 11:00 am by Ron Robinson

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