Al Jarreau
American musician
Al Jarreau
Alwin "Al" Lopez Jarreau is a seven-time Grammy Award winning American jazz singer.
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Op-Ed: Beyoncé's Grammy snub and the glass ceiling on black art
LATimes - 14 days
Today in Entertainment: Adele and Beyonce's big Grammys night; Al Jarreau remembered Feb. 13, 2017, 2:31 p.m. Between Adele's wins, Beyonce's show-stopping performance and the political moments from Katy Perry and A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes, Sunday's Grammy Awards...
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Op-Ed: Beyoncé's Grammy snub and the glass ceiling on black art
LATimes - 14 days
Today in Entertainment: Adele and Beyonce's big Grammys night; Al Jarreau remembered Feb. 13, 2017, 2:31 p.m. Between Adele's wins, Beyonce's show-stopping performance and the political moments from Katy Perry and A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes, Sunday's Grammy Awards...
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Today in Entertainment: Adele and Beyonce's big Grammys night; Al Jarreau remembered
LATimes - 14 days
Today in Entertainment: Adele and Beyonce's big Grammys night; Al Jarreau remembered Feb. 13, 2017, 2:31 p.m. Between Adele's wins, Beyonce's show-stopping performance and the political moments from Katy Perry and A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes, Sunday's Grammy Awards...
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An Appreciation: Vocalist Al Jarreau ventured further than his smooth reputation
LATimes - 15 days
When thinking about Al Jarreau, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 76, one word comes insistently to mind: Smooth. Much like his longtime friend and kindred spirit George Duke, who died in August 2013, Jarreau  owned that free-flowing and often breezy subgenre somewhat derisively known as...
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Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau dies at age 76
Yahoo News - 15 days
Grammy-award winning singer Al Jarreau has died at age 76, according to a statement on his website.
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Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau dies at 76
Reuters.com - 15 days
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jazz and R&B singer Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy winner whose hits included "We're in This Love Together" and "Moonlighting," died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 76, just days after announcing he was retiring from touring because of poor health.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Al Jarreau
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 71
    In June 2012, Jarreau was diagnosed with pneumonia, which caused him to cancel several concerts in France.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, Jarreau has made a full recovery and continues to tour extensively. In 2009 children's author Carmen Rubin published the story Ashti Meets Birdman Al, inspired by the music of Al Jarreau. He wrote the foreword for the book and reads from it across the world. Both Al and Carmen work together to promote literacy and the importance of keeping music alive in children. Books are available on iTunes and www.carmenrubin.com After Jarreau's breakthrough in 1975 an almost unaccountable number of compilations of earlier recordings from 1965 to 1973 have emerged, including some or all of the following songs:
    On February 16, 2012, he was invited to the famous Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar.
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  • 2010
    Age 69
    He was taken to the intensive-care unit at Gap late on July 22, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Jarreau was conscious, in a stable condition and in the cardiology unit of La Timone hospital in Marseille, the Marseille Hospital Authority said. He was expected to remain there for about a week for tests.
    It was reported on July 23, 2010 that Jarreau was critically ill at a hospital in France, while in the area to perform a concert at nearby Barcelonnette, and was being treated for respiratory problems and cardiac arrhythmias.
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    In 2010, Al Jarreau is a guest on the new Eumir Deodato album, with the song "Double Face" written by Nicolosi/Deodato/Al Jarreau.
    More Details Hide Details The song is produced by the Italian company Nicolosi Productions.
  • 2001
    Age 60
    On March 6, 2001, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.
    More Details Hide Details Al Jarreau appeared in a duet with American Idol finalist Paris Bennett during the Season 5 finale and on Celebrity Duets singing with actor Cheech Marin.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 55
    He has toured and performed with numerous musicians, including Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, and George Benson. He also performed the role of the Teen Angel in a 1996 Broadway production of Grease.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 43
    In 1984, his single "After All" reached 69 on the US Hot 100 chart and number 26 on the R&B chart.
    More Details Hide Details It was especially popular in the Philippines. His last big hit was the Grammy-nominated theme to the 1980s American television show Moonlighting, for which he wrote the lyrics. Among other things, he is well known for his extensive use of scat singing, and vocal percussion. He was also a featured vocalist on USA for Africa's "We Are the World" in which he sang the line, " and so we all must lend a helping hand." Another charitable media event, HBO's Comic Relief, featured Al in a duet with Natalie Cole singing the song "Mr. President", written by Joe Sterling, Mike Loveless and Ray Reach. Jarreau took an extended break from recording in the 1990s. As he explained in an interview with Jazz Review: "I was still touring, in fact, I toured more than I ever had in the past, so I kept in touch with my audience. I got my symphony program under way, which included my music and that of other people too, and I performed on the Broadway production of Grease. I was busier than ever! For the most part, I was doing what I have always done … perform live. I was shopping for a record deal and was letting people know that there is a new album coming. I was just waiting for the right label (Verve), but I toured more than ever."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 36
    His second wife is model Susan Player, whom he married in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Jarreau and Player have one adult son together, Ryan.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    He sang on the first season of Saturday Night Live episode 13, 1975, hosted by Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein, Everybody Loves Raymond).
    More Details Hide Details Soon thereafter released his critically acclaimed debut album, We Got By, which catapulted him to international fame and garnered him a German Grammy Award. A second German Grammy would follow with the release of his second album, Glow. One of Jarreau's most commercially successful albums is Breakin' Away (1981), which includes the hit song "We're in This Love Together".
    In 1975, Jarreau was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 28
    In 1969, Jarreau and Martinez headed south, where Jarreau appeared in such Los Angeles hot spots as Dino's, The Troubadour, and Bitter End West.
    More Details Hide Details Television exposure came from Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and David Frost. He expanded his nightclub appearances performing at The Improv between the acts of such rising-star comics as Bette Midler, Jimmie Walker, and John Belushi. During this period, he became involved with the United Church of Religious Science and the Church of Scientology, but he is no longer affiliated with Scientology. Also, roughly at the same time, he began writing his own lyrics, finding that his Christian spirituality began to influence his work.
  • 1968
    Age 27
    In 1968, Jarreau made jazz his primary occupation.
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  • 1967
    Age 26
    In 1967, he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez.
    More Details Hide Details The duo became the star attraction at a small Sausalito night club called Gatsby's. This success contributed to Jarreau's decision to make professional singing his life and full-time career.
  • 1964
    Age 23
    Jarreau has been married twice. His first marriage, to Phyllis Hall, lasted from 1964 to 1968.
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  • 1962
    Age 21
    Jarreau graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to earn a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa, worked as a rehabilitation counselor in San Francisco, and moonlighted with a jazz trio headed by George Duke.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on March 12, 1940.
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