Al Jarreau dead at 76
The signs were there. Just a few days back, it was said that the singer was recovering from exhaustion. It is sad because I used to play all his songs back in the day, and I still play Boogie Down on occasion.
A little about Al Jarreau I did not know but found out after reading online. In 1962, after earning a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa, Jarreau got a job in San Francisco as a rehabilitation counselor.
At night, he moonlighted as a jazz musician, performing with Bay Area jazz great, George Duke as part of his trio. Jarreau then partnered with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez and performed at Gatsby’s in Sausalito. This pairing is said to have led to Jarreau’s decision to take music on as his lifelong career.
Jarreau is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner. His last Grammy win was in 2006 for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “God Bless The Child” with George Benson and Jill Scott.
Jarreau is survived by his wife Susan and his son Ryan.
Rest in peace Mr Jarreau. Thanks for the music.