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.

New Incognito, Benson/Jarreau, Madlib/Norah Jones, and More!

Bees + Things + Flowers from IncognitoBluey = Busy. Incognito’s Eleven just hit stores in the States earlier this year but the band has already recorded a new album that is scheduled for release in October (in the UK)! Beyond that, Bluey plans to hit the studio again later this year for yet another new CD for early next year! According to the Incognito site http://www.incognito.org.uk/, this fall’s Bees + Things + Flowers is a mostly acoustic affair with a 16-piece string section. Vocalists on it include Jocelyn Brown, Maysa, Imaani, and Carleen Anderson. I heard a stripped-down Incognito recently on an XM special and it was impressive. I won’t wait for the possibility that it will be distributed here – this is a guaranteed import.

George Benson and Al Jarreau have teamed for a new release. Givin’ It Up will be out on October 24th from the Concord Music Group and Monster Music, the newly created record division of high-end audio supplier Monster Cable. Monster Music will make Givin’ It Up available in a fancy High Definition Surround SuperDisc package that you should be able to hear in the home audio section of your favorite big box store. There are thirteen tracks on the recording and the guest list is awesome: Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Jill Scott, Stanley Clarke, and more. Concord’s site has more info.

Classic Picante Regrooved Vol. 1Also on the topics of collaborations and legendary soul jazz artists: Randy Crawford and Joe Sample reunite on Feeling Good, out later this month (distributed by Universal). No Stateside release date is listed on Amazon . . . Madlib produces Norah Jones? Believe it! This from a Stones Throw Records email: “Madlib produces Talib Kweli and Norah Jones on Kweli’s upcoming album to be released this fall” . . . Stanton Moore has signed with Telarc. His new release, III, is out on September 26. . . . Over a year since it was originally announced, Explorations: Classic Picante Regrooved Vol. 1 finally sees the light of day on August 29. The Latin jazz label’s catalog is remixed by producers Masters at Work, Thievery Corporation, Cut Chemist, Dan the Automator, Carl Cox, Los Amigos Invisibles, Hex Hector, Ozomatli, and Yerba Buena. Looking forward to this! I’m encouraged that Concord has labeled this “Vol. 1”.