The world of jazz lost one of its true masters on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2017, when singer Al Jarreau died at the age of 76, only a few days after announcing his retirement from touring.
Jarreu began singing as a child in church and while in college, formed a trio with another jazz legend-to-be, George Duke. Jarreau’s performances in Los Angeles clubs caught the attention of Warner Brothers talent scouts, who offered him a record deal. His debut album, 1975’s “We Got By,” launched his career and, in 1981, his biggest hit, “We’re In This Love Together,” reached No. 15 on Billboard’s pop charts. Jarreau won seven Grammy awards in three different genres during his impressive career.
This Atlanta Black Star video celebrates the unique voice, improvisational skills and enduring legacy of this legendary jazz icon.