@ the Royal Festival Hall
3 Jully 2011
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Al Jarreau began singing and harmonising with his
brothers from the tender age of 4. A young Jarreau would perform
solo at many local events in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jarreau enrolled at Ripon College in Wisconsin
and continued singing for fun. He performed at local gigs at weekends
and during holidays with a group named The Indigos. Jarreau graduated
with a Bachelor Of Science degree in Psychology and moved on to
the University of Lowa. Here he earned is Master’s Degree
in Vocational Rehabilitation. With qualifications in hand, Jarreau
relocated to San Francisco to begin a career in rehabilitation counselling.
As well as working as rehabilitation counsellor
during the 1960’s, Jarreau found time to sing at a small jazz
club with a trio led by keyboard master George Duke. It would not
be long before Jarreau’s voice began to win fans and gain
attention from other musicians. He would also realise that singing
would be ‘his life’.
After relocating to Los Angeles in the late 60’s,
Jarreau performed in nightspots such as Dino’s, the Bitter
End West and the Troubador. He gained national television exposure
with celebrities such as Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Frost,
Mike Douglas, among others.
In 1975, Jarreau signed to Warner Brothers after
being spotted by talent scouts while performing at the Ba Bla Café
in Los Angeles. His debut album “We Got By” was released
the same year to critical acclaim. Jarreau was awarded a German
Grammy for Best New International Soloist. A second German Grammy
came his way with the release of his follow-up album “Glow”
released in 1976.
1977 would see Jarreau embark on his first world
tour. The double live album “Look To The Rainbow” featuring
selected cuts from the tour was released. Jarreau would be awarded
his first American Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance the same
In 1978, Jarreau’s fourth album “All
Fly Home” was greeted with further acclaim, a wider audience
and a second American Grammy for Best Jazz vocalist. This album
also spawned the million selling “Breakin’ Away”
and two Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Male vocalist.
His follow up albums “Jarreau” and “High Crime”
released in 1983 spawned a string of R&B and pop hits further
cementing his international appeal at every level. By 1987 Jarreau’s
vocals could be heard on a weekly basis with the theme song for
the hit television series Moonlighting.
Jarreau further proved his versatility in the mid
90’s by accepting a three-month stint on Broadway playing
the role of Teen Angel in the musical Grease. He also appeared on
New York Undercover, Touched By An Angel and a national McDonald’s
commercial with R&B songstress Vesta Williams.
On March 6, 2001 Jarreau was honoured with a star
on the “Hollywood Walk Of Fame”.