Al Jarreau

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George Benson and Al Jarreau
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Jazz Legends celebrate at D.C.'s Kennedy Center
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George Benson and Al Jarreau
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2007 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition winner Ambrose Akinmusire with Al Jarreau
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From left: Al Jarreau, Grover Washington, Jr. and Jeffrey Osborne, Rhode Island, 1998
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Al Jarreau performing at 2010 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival in Philadelphia
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Al Jarreau performing at 2010 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, Pa.
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Competition judges: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling
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A brilliant singer who started out in jazz, had great success in R&B, and can sing just about anything, Al Jarreau has been popular since the mid-1970s. Born in Milwaukee in 1940, Jarreau began singing when he was 4. He did not plan originally to become a singer and instead earned a psychology degree from Ripon College and a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Iowa. He did sing on the side for the fun of it during his college years, but it was not until he moved to San Francisco that he pursued it seriously, working at a jazz club with the George Duke Trio. Jarreau worked on television variety shows, was often an opening act for show business personalities and freelanced in clubs. In 1975 he was discovered and signed to Warner Bros. His debut for the label, We Got By, put his name on the map and after he recorded Glow, Look to the Rainbow and All Fly Home, he achieved fame in the music world. Jarreau has not slowed down since, performing constantly in many countries, acting on Broadway in the role of the Teen Angel in the musical Grease, sometimes being featured with symphony orchestras, and in 2006 co-leading a CD with George Benson, Giving’ It Up. Jarreau still sings jazz (particularly Chick Corea’s “Spain” and Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a La Turk”) but also includes his many R&B hits and soul ballads in his colorful shows.

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Articles on Al Jarreau

09/07/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
Al Jarreau

10/05/12    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

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Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest

08/06/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Hubert Laws on Upcoming Children’s CD

08/15/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Al Jarreau: Feelin' Pretty Good

07/29/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Al Jarreau to Resume Touring on Aug. 3

07/05/10    Concerts    By Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.

Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at Saratoga Springs

09/24/09    News    By Lee Mergner

The Kennedy Center Announces 2009-2010 Jazz Season

03/26/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz Roots Series Returns to Miami

January/February 2008    News    By Don Heckman

20th Annual Thelonious Monk Competition: In Walked Brass

11/01/07    Concerts    By Don Heckman

Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition and Herbie Hancock Tribute

May 2007    News    By Willard Jenkins

Living History: Jazz Legends Celebrate at D.C.’s Kennedy Center

December 2006    JT Notes    By Lee Mergner

Selling Out Is In

December 2006    Features    By Janine Coveney

Al Jarreau and George Benson: A Long Time Coming

December 2006    Currents    By Brian Soergel

Givin' it Up
George Benson & Al Jarreau

December 2006    Currents    By Brian Soergel

Givin' it Up
George Benson & Al Jarreau

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now
Various Artists

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now
Various Artists

12/05/05    Concerts    By Janine Coveney

Cayman Jazz Fest 2006

09/16/04    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

25th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition

September 2004    News    By John Murph

Al Jarreau: Accentuate the Swing

July/August 2004    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

Accentuate the Positive
Al Jarreau

December 2003    Features    By Lara Pellegrinelli

Singing for Our Supper

05/17/03    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival 2003

January/February 2002    Currents    By Hilarie Grey

Goin' Home...Duke Ellington: A Benefit for the Duke Ellington Foundation
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Givin' it Up

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