Remembering Jazz Legend Al Jarreau

Nicknamed the “Acrobat of Scat” for his unique vocal style, Al Jarreau was one of the few performers of his day who successfully bridged pop, jazz and R&B.

Jarreau did not begin a full music career until he was thirty, but he released more than 20 albums and won seven Grammy Awards, along with a nomination for the theme song from the ever-popular TV show, Moonlighting. The singer also remained a tireless performer right up until his death.

The news of his death, came just after the seven-time Grammy winner announced his retirement from the entertainment business after hospitalized in Los Angeles for exhaustion, according to the Associated Press.

“He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone to share this with him — his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his efforts, read a Twitter post to his fans.

It was unclear what he died from at press time, but Jarreau had fought through respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years.

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