Jazz legend Al Jarreau (76) died

Jazz legend Al Jarreau (76) died

Photo: Hollandse Hoogte

Jazz legend Al Jarreau is on Sunday at the age of 76 died. He was recently admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles.

His manager has the death published. Last week made Jarreau known that he for health reasons to retire.

Jarreau performed for more than fifty years, and won in his life seven Grammy Awards. It is the only singer in the categories of jazz, r&b and pop was crowned. The singer was in the Netherlands several times at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

He was known for his improvised ‘scatzang’ and his ability to use his voice all sorts of instruments to mimic. This earned him the nickname “the voice of versatility”.

Talent show

The singer was born in 1940 in Wisconsin, but traveled after high school to San Francisco. Here he formed together with George Duke his first trio.

Jarreau pulled during a talent show to the attention of studio Warner Bros, who him a contract offer. In 1975 appeared his first, critically acclaimed album We Got By. Two years later he got for his live album Look to the Rainbow’, his first Grammy.

Then made Jarreau dozens of albums.


In a statement on the website of the artist was more of a thank-you note to his fans. “He had you and you were always there for him, more than fifty years.”

Also there was a posthumous call from the singer to the young people: “Look, please, something artistic that you are with passion can do, and do it. With art in your life, you’re a better family member, neighbor, friend and citizen.”

Al Jarreau – Your Song (1976)

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