Al Jarreau

The late, great Al Jarreau is a timeless Jazz vocalist whose music always had a home on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK. His legacy is reflected in new tribute album from Vocalist Chris Walker. Walker got his start singing in his church choir, spent time playing bass for Free Jazz Master Ornette Coleman and others including Regina Belle. Belle insisted he was hiding his vocal talents.

Join me and special guests including Ragan Whiteside, Sweet Lu Olutosin, North '2UNES' Woodall, Phil Adair, and Che G. Marshall on Wednesday, April 12 at Cafe 290 for a special performance celebrating the music of Al Jarreau and Dave Valentin. Al Jarreau made his debut recording on Reprise Records in 1975 with “We Got By”  and “Moonlighting was the theme song to the ABC comedy crime drama of the same name, which ran from 1985 to 1989. Al Jarreau is the only vocalist to win Grammy Awards in three different categories jazz, pop, and R&B. He was born Alwin Lopez Jarreau, and he started singing early in the church and continued through college. He worked as a rehabilitation counselor and first appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1976. He was known as the “Acrobat of Scat” for his bebop vocal style called vocalese.  Following a long and illustrious career, in early February 2017, Al Jarreau cancelled tour dates and announced that he would be retiring. Unfortunately Al Jarreau died on February 12, 2017.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK Remembers Al Jarreau 1940 - 2017

Feb 13, 2017
Shannon McCollum

Jazz 91.9 WCLK will be featuring the music of Al Jarreau throughout this week as a remembrance to an artist who has been a part of our radio DNA from the beginning.   What made Al Jarreau so unique was the fact that he was a male vocalist taking the influence of Betty Carter to higher heights and the pop world. I once interviewed him and asked him was there some portal in the universe that he would plug into when he performed.   He laughed and said he never thought of it like that but I was probably right.

Jazz vocalist and music legend, Al Jarreau will play The Frederick Brown Jr.  Amphitheater this Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m.  Jarreau's unique vocal style is one of the world's most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.  “We’re in this Love Together”, “Moonlighting” “We are the World” are just a few of his classic hits.

WCLK Program Director Aaron Cohen is enjoying the new Al Jarreau release My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke.  He's playing it on Serenade To The City and you can hear it elsewhere throughout the day on Atlanta's Jazz Station.

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