Seven Time Grammy Award Winner AL JARREAU Retires From Touring by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, states it is now necessary for him to retire due to health concerns.
The 76 year old singer is currently in the hospital in Los Angeles, California due to exhaustion. His team states he’s receiving excellent medical care, responding to treatments, and improving slowly. Jarreau has not only canceled the rest of his 2017 tour, but he also is retiring from touring at the recommendation of his medical team.
“With complete sorrow, Al Jarreau must retire from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort.” —Al Jarreau Official Website
Jarreau is a jazz singer known for his distinct jazz-style scat singing, as well as his pop, soul, blues, and R&B classics. He bridged the gap between different genres. Born Alwin Lopez Jarreau on March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he began singing at the age of four. His professional career began in 1967, but his break though was in 1974-75. His recordings include 16 studio albums, 4 live albums, 3 compilation albums, 26 singles, 7 inclusions on Soundtrack albums, countless collaborations, and his early material recorded before 1974, an almost unaccountable number of compilations of earlier recordings from 1965 to 1973, have emerged. His last album was released in 2014 and paid tribute to his friend, George Duke, with whom he performed in the George Duke Trio early in his career. He has toured and performed with Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Eric Gale, Rick Braun, Steve Gadd, Paulinho da Costa, Marcus Miller, George Benson, and more. He also performed the role of the Teen Angel in a 1996 Broadway production of Grease. On March 6, 2001, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and on February 16, 2012 he was invited to the famous Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar. Jarreau received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1991 and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2004.
Notable recordings by iconic composers/writers:
“My Favorite Things” sung with Kathleen Battle by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
“A Sleepin’ Bee” from Harold Arlen & Truman Capote’s House of Flowers.
“Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Mitchell Parish.
“The Masquerade Is Over” by Herb Magidson & Allie Wrubel.
“Stockholm Sweetnin'” by Quincy Jones.
“Joey, Joey, Joey” by Frank Loesser.
Sending Well Wishes To Mr. Jarreau.
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