Remembering Al Jarreau

Some of the mentions of the late, great Al Jarreau I’ve seen on social media today. Al Jarreau passed away this morning, Feb. 12, 2017.

George Benson:

With a heavy heart I say goodbye to my good friend and brother, the great Al Jarreau. 11 years ago today we celebrated 2 Grammy wins for our fantastic duet record, Givin’ It Up. Al, you gave the world a musical genius that will never be forgotten. We will all miss you.

Spyro Gyra:

There aren’t many people that you can use the word “incomparable ” when describing them. Al Jarreau was one of them. We will miss you, Al, and the world will miss your talent and the joy you bring to it. Rest In Peace.

Marcus Miller:

I can’t even begin to say what this man means to me. Thank you, Al Jarreau for the opportunity to work with you, to laugh with you, to know you . I am grateful for our time together and will miss you.

Robert Glasper:

Rest in peace to one of my first major jazz influences. He did it his way.

Christian Scott:

Farewell friend! You will be missed.. will never forget how you looked out for me early in my career.. the fun we had opening for u all those years ago

Antonio Sanchez:

RIP Al Jarreau. One of the greatest performers I’ve ever seen. The way he connected to the crowd was awe inspiring and heartwarming.

Al Jarreau has passed

Al Jarreau is singing with the angels. God’s choir has a new superstar.

From Al’s website:

Al Jarreau passed away this morning, February 12, 2017. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few family and close friends.

He will be missed.

The family asks that no flowers or gifts are sent. Instead, please consider a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Even if you do not plan to contribute, please visit that page and give yourself a minute to watch a beautiful tribute video which was produced by Wisconsin Public Television. Continue reading “Al Jarreau has passed”

Al Jarreau forced to retire from touring

Update: Al Jarreau passed away on Feb. 12, 2017.

Sad news from the Al Jarreau Facebook page:

As many of you know, Al Jarreau is in the hospital in Los Angeles, due to exhaustion. He is receiving excellent medical care, responding to treatments, and improving slowly, but the medical team has instructed that he cannot perform any of his remaining 2017 concert dates. Ticket holders should contact their venue or point-of-purchase regarding refunds. It is with complete sorrow, Al is retiring from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort. We will keep you updated here, as well as on his website http://aljarreau.com

Al will be in my thoughts this week. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that we’re all in this love for him together.

Bamboos, NOMO, Breakestra All Free? One Week Only!

Here’s a deal that’s impossible to refuse. Ubiquity is offering their latest compilation, The Shape of Things To Come 2, for no cost on eMusic and for a mere $4.49 on iTunes this week (it returns to full price on Tuesday April 25, 2006)! This online-only release includes a mix of brand-new unreleased music and a handful of recent tracks previously only available on vinyl. The artists include names TomorrowJazz Radio listeners are familiar with such as The Bamboos and Breakestra as well as forthcoming must-hear music from NOMO. More info and samples are on the Ubiquity site.

Light of the World on Carl Cox CD

DJ Carl CoxThe latest release by DJ Carl Cox, Second Sign, was released everywhere else in the world last year. It’s coming out here in the States on April 4 on the Koch label. It’s always interesting when DJs write their own material and Cox does so with fifteen tracks on this recording. One of the tracks features the UK soul/funk/disco band Light of the World (which had a pre-Incognito Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick as one of its leaders). I have some LotW tracks from their Inner Voices release that I would love to play on TomorrowJazz Radio but am prohibited from doing so by rules that govern broadcasting (traditional and Internet) here. To my knowledge, no LotW recording is “authorized for performance in the United States.” I even tried contacting the band through their (now defunct) web site to get direct permission but did not receive a response.

For more information on the other tracks on Second Sign (which I’m anxious to hear), read the press release or read last May’s review at Resident Advisor.