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Tribute To Legendary Jazz Singer Al Jarreau soon on Precious Radio Mood

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Al Jarreau, nom de scène d’Alwyn Lopez Jarreau, né le 12 mars 1940 à Milwaukee dans le Wisconsin, et mort le 12 février 2017 à Los Angeles, est un chanteur JazZ & de Soul américain.
Au cours de sa carrière, Al Jarreau a remporté sept Grammy Awards et est le seul chanteur à avoir jamais remporté ces distinctions dans trois catégories différentes (jazz, pop et R&B), d'une part, et d'autre part au cours de quatre décennies, (des années 1970 aux années 2000).
Fils d'un pasteur et d'une pianiste, Al Jarreau commence à chanter dès l'âge de quatre ans à l'église, mais n'émerge que tardivement sur la scène américaine après des études de psychologie.
Débuts artistiques.
Au début des années 1970, Al Jarreau quitte Milwaukee pour Los Angeles, où il entame quelques tours de chant dans plusieurs bars branchés comme le Bla bla Cafe. Remarqué par des agents, il signe un contrat chez Reprise Records et sort en 1975 un album produit par Al Schmitt, producteur et arrangeur bien connu des studios californiens, avec l'aide de Dave Grusin pour l'arrangement des cordes, des cuivres et des voix. We Got By bénéficie d'une très bonne critique, le titre éponyme et You Don't See Me constituant des moments forts de cet album.
En 1976 suit l'album Glow, coproduit par le tandem Al Schmitt et Tommy LiPuma (Michael Franks), où l'on retrouve des musiciens comme le guitariste Larry Carlton, Joe Sample et Wilton Felder (tous trois membres du groupe The Crusaders) ou encore le percussionniste Ralph MacDonald. On peut y apprécier des interprétations très personnelles de Your Song (Elton John) et de Agua De Beber de Vinícius de Moraes et Antônio Carlos Jobim. En 1977 paraîtra un album live Look To The Rainbow. En 1978, All Fly Home marquera sa dernière collaboration avec Al Schmitt comme producteur, avec toujours des musiciens reconnus tels que Larry Williams du groupe Seawind, le guitariste Lee Ritenour ou encore le percussionniste Paulinho Da Costa.

 We shared the same Birthday and are both, the fifth of six children...I never knew...RIHP Dear Al Jarreau...I know you are delighted to see your Best Friend Again...Sir George Duke...May you both Rest In Heavenly Peace

Al Jarreau
Alwin Lopez "Al" Jarreau (March 12, 1940 - February 12, 2017) was an American jazz singer
Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the fifth of six children. His website refers to Reservoir Avenue, the name of the street where he lived. His father was a Seventh-day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother was a church pianist. He and his family sang together in church concerts and in benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings.
He was student council president and Badger Boys State delegate for Lincoln High School. At Boys State, Jarreau, was elected governor. He went on to attend Ripon College, where he also sang with a group called the Indigos. Jarreau graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. 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.
In 1967, he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez. 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.
Going full-time:
In 1968, Jarreau made jazz his primary occupation. 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. 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.
In 1975, Jarreau was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros. Records. On Valentine's Day 1976 he sang on the 13th episode of NBC's new Saturday Night Live hosted, that week, by Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein, Everybody Loves Raymond). Soon thereafter releasing 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 1984, his single "After All" reached 69 on the US Hot 100 chart and number 26 on the R&B chart. 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."
In 2003, Jarreau and conductor Larry Baird collaborated on symphony shows around the United States, with Baird arranging additional orchestral material for Jarreau's shows.
He has toured and performed with Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn,[5] Rick Braun, and George Benson. 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, at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.
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.
In 2010, Al Jarreau is a guest on the new Eumir Deodato album, with the song "Double Face" written by Nicolosi/Deodato/Al Jarreau. The song is produced by the Italian company Nicolosi Productions.
On February 16, 2012, he was invited to the famous Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar.
On February 8, 2017, after being hospitalized for exhaustion he canceled his remaining 2017 tour dates and retired from touring.

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