Al Jarreau In-depth Biography
Al Jarreau was born 12th March 1940 and is a singer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. He has won several Grammy Awards over the years.
As a teenager Al Jarreau loved singing and got involved in singing at Ripon College in Wisconsin before he began singing in a small jazz trio with George Duke and from then on learnt his craft from performing at legendary venues such as Dino’s, the Troubadour and the Bitter End West.
In 1975 his life was about to change when he was spotted by a talent scout and promptly signed by Warner Brothers. His first album We Got By (1975) and his second release (Glow) earned him a Grammy each.
From then onwards, Al Jarreau had hit after hit and gained the accolade of Best Jazz Vocalist for All Fly Home and then gaining two more awards for Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Male Jazz Vocalist on his album Breaking Away (1981) which was used in the American TV show of Moonlighting.
During the 1990s, Al Jarreau took time off from recording and went in search of a new record label. Throughout this time, he was constantly touring and looking for new challenges: performing in Grease on Broadway as Teen Angel and working with other famous musicians such as Joe Sample, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, and George Benson.
In 2001 he received his own star on Hollywood’s Hall of Fame and toured across the USA, Europe and South Africa while writing new material.
In the late 2000s Al Jarreau carried on writing new music and worked on “The Very Best of Al Jarreau: An Excellent Adventure” compilation. The highest accolade came from Time magazine calling him ‘the greatest jazz singer alive’.