Alwin Lopez Jarreau was an American singer and musician.
25 Facts About Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 12,1940, the fifth of six children.
Al Jarreau's father Emile Alphonse Jarreau was a Seventh-day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother Pearl Jarreau was a church pianist.
Al Jarreau was student council president and Badger Boys State delegate for Lincoln High School.
Al Jarreau went on to attend Ripon College, where he sang with a group called the Indigos.
Al Jarreau graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
Al Jarreau worked as a rehabilitation counselor in San Francisco, and moonlighted with a jazz trio headed by George Duke.
In 1969, he and Martinez headed south, where Al Jarreau appeared at Dino's, The Troubadour, and Bitter End West.
Al Jarreau expanded his nightclub appearances, performing at The Improv between the acts of such rising stars as Bette Midler, Jimmie Walker, and John Belushi.
In 1975, Al Jarreau was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros.
Al Jarreau won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Breakin' Away.
Al Jarreau took an extended break from recording in the 1990s.
Al Jarreau toured and performed with Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, George Duke, David Sanborn Rick Braun, and George Benson.
Al Jarreau performed the role of the Teen Angel in a 1996 Broadway production of Grease.
In 2006, 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 was a guest on a Eumir Deodato album, with the song "Double Face" written by Al Jarreau, Deodato, and Nicolosi.
On February 16,2012, Al Jarreau was invited to the famous Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar.
Al Jarreau married his second wife Susan Elaine Player in 1977.
Ryan and Susan Al Jarreau appear as background vocalists on Tomorrow Today.
Susan provided photography for several of Al Jarreau's albums, including Glow, All Fly Home, This Time, and Breakin' Away.
Al Jarreau was conscious, in a stable condition and in the cardiology unit of La Timone hospital in Marseille, the Marseille Hospital Authority said, and he remained there for about a week for tests.
In June 2012, Al Jarreau was diagnosed with pneumonia, which caused him to cancel several concerts in France.
Al Jarreau made a full recovery and continued to tour extensively for the next five years until February 2017.
On February 8,2017, after being hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles, Al Jarreau canceled his remaining 2017 tour dates.
Al Jarreau is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.