Thursday 26th July
£100.00 - £150.00
Al Jarreau (voc)
Joe Turano (keys, sax, MD)
John Calderon (gtr)
Mark Simmons (drs)
Chris Walker (bs)
Larry Williams (keys)
Ronnie Scott’s proudly presents seven-time Grammy Award winning US jazz singer
FOR 1 NIGHT ONLY
on Thursday 26th July 2012
This is an extremely rare opportunity to catch this legendary performer, one of the foremost names in jazz music, in the intimate surroundings of Ronnie Scott’s
Doors 5.30pm, onstage 7.30pm
Doors 9.30pm, onstage 10.15pm
Al 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 seven Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.
It’s not surprising that he has perfected his technique to such an art. After all, he has been singing since the age of four, harmonizing with his brothers and performing solo at a variety of local events in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Music, however, was not always the major force in his life. He excelled in sports and was an above-average student throughout high school and college. Enrolling at the respected Ripon College in Wisconsin, Jarreau continued singing for fun, performing locally with a group called The Indigos during weekends and holidays, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After moving on to the University of Iowa to earn his Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Jarreau subsequently relocated to San Francisco to begin a career in rehabilitation counseling.
In San Francisco Al’s natural musical gifts began to shape his future. He found himself performing at a small jazz club with a trio headed by George Duke, and by the late 60s, he knew without a doubt that he would make singing his life. Relocating to Los Angeles, he began his apprenticeship in such famed nightspots as Dino’s, the Troubadour and the Bitter End West. Shortly thereafter, he branched out to New York City as well, where he gained national network television exposure with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Frost and Mike Douglas.
Al teamed with guitarist Julio Martinez to “spell” up-and-coming comics John Belushi, Bette Midler, Robert Klein, David Brenner, Jimmie Walker and others at the famed comedy venue, The Improv.
In 1975, following an extended stint at the Bla Bla Cafe in Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Records talent scouts spotted Al and signed him to a recording contract. His debut album for the label, We Got By, was released to unanimous acclaim. It was a reception that spread across the continent and over the Atlantic when Jarreau was awarded a German Grammy for Best New International Soloist that same year. A second
German Grammy came his way with the release of his follow-up album, Glow.
Al’s career breakthrough came in 1977 when Warners released Look to the Rainbow, his live double album, which was culled from his first world tour from that same year, and earned the vocalist his first Grammy® for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. His fourth album, All Fly Home, was released in 1978 to further accolades and a second Grammy® for Best Jazz Vocalist. It was followed by a string of innovative and original offerings, including 1980’s This Time, and the million-selling Breakin’ Away, which brought him a broader audience and two more Grammy® awards for Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Male Jazz Vocalist.
The follow up to Breakin’ Away, 1983’s Jarreau, and High Crime the following year spawned a string of R&B and pop hits and further cemented him as an international superstar. Al Jarreau Live in London, recorded before a SRO crowd at Wembley Arena in 1985, continued to solidify Jarreau’s reputation as a world-class master of both studio and stage.
Following the live album, Jarreau teamed with top producer Nile Rodgers for L is for Lover, which brought some new styles and sounds to the singer’s repertoire. He continued to top the stateside charts in 1987 and became a weekly guest in America’s living room R&B Album. After touring the globe for nearly two years, he returned to the studio - this time with Narada Michael Walden - to fashion the sound that would launch him into his third decade of music making. The result was 1992’s Heaven and Earth for which he received his fifth Grammy® for Best R&B Vocal Performance. With this, Al became one the rare artists to have won Grammies® in the three categories of jazz, pop, and R&B.
In 1994, Tenderness was released. On this Marcus Miller-produced gem, Jarreau is joined by an all-star cast (David Sanborn, Kathleen Battle, Joe Sample, Steve Gadd, to name a few) to bring us a host of wonderfully familiar contemporary compositions as well as revisit a few Jarreau classics.
1996 brought some exciting career challenges. While on a break from touring, Jarreau accepted a three month
stint on Broadway playing the role of the Teen Angel in the hit musical Grease!Other recent acting credits include guest star appearances on Fox’s New York Undercover, NBC’s Touched by an Angel and a national McDonald’s commercial with R&B sensation, Vesta Williams. Then in 1996, to commemorate 20 years of success, Jarreau released his first-ever compilation album, Best of Al Jarreau
The collection highlights 14 of Jarreau’s best-known songs alongside two new tracks produced by Jarreau’s long-time friend, jazz giant George Duke. Among the smash albums represented are 1976’s Glow (“Agua De Beber”), 1977’s Look to the Rainbow (“Take Five”), 1980’s This Time (“Spain”, “Never Givin’ Up”), 1981’s Breakin’ Away (“Roof Garden,” “We’re In This Love Together”), 1983’s Jarreau (“Mornin’,” “Boogie Down”), 1984’s High Crime (“After All”), 1988’s Heart’s Horizon (“So Good”) and Heaven and Earth (“Heaven And Earth”).
Also included are Jarreau gemstones from other releases, including “Moonlighting,” the theme from the hit TV series; “Since I Fell For You,” from the award-winning Double Vision album by Bob James and David Sanborn; and “Like a Lover,” the Dori Caymmi/Alan & Marilyn Bergman tune first issued on the 1994 classical release, Symphonic Bossa, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1999, for the first time, Al Jarreau teamed up with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe
performing his most popular hits as never heard before as well as some favorites from Broadway and the Classics, which received outstanding review. Al continues to perform Symphony shows on a regular basis.
Called "the voice of versatility" by the Chicago Tribune and "one of the world's greatest natural resources" by the Detroit News, Jarreau added a new chapter to his twenty-five-year recording career with Tomorrow Today (2001), his GRP Records debut.
In March 2001 Al Jarreau received his own Star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame", commemorating his status as one of the best singers of his generation.
The remainder of 2001 was spent touring the United States, Europe and South Africa and working on Al’s next album, All I Got (2002), which was followed up with the Grammy nominated Accentuate The Positive (2004) on GRP Records /Universal Music Group.
2006 was a stellar year for Mr. Jarreau as he continued to tour extensively throughout the US and Europe, with trips to Azerbaijan, Morocco, Tunisia and Ru Grammy® nominations for; Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Breezin'” (nomination only), and two Grammy® wins in 2007 Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “God Bless The Child” feat. Jill Scott, and Best Pop Instrumental for “Mornin’”.
With a South African & Australasian Tour already completed by March 2007, Al went on to tour Europe and the US in support of the new album Givin’ It Up. Year-end saw Al join forces with Nord Deutsch Rundfunk Big Band for a well received and extensive 17-date Northern European Tour - performing repertoire from Porgy & Bess and select Jarreau hits. Mr. Jarreau also began work on his 2008 albumentitled Christmas.
Early in 2008, Al handpicked his favorite romantic tunes spanning three decades for his release Love Songs, a 14-track compilation that was released in January 2008 on Rhino/Warner Music Group. Jarreau also helped the Playboy Jazz Festival celebrate its 30-year anniversary this summer, headlining the renowned festival’s opening night on June 14 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Later this year, on October 14, Jarreau will release his first-ever Christmas album, Al Jarreau – Christmas which features his inimitable voice and interpretation of a dozen holiday classics, including “White Christmas”, “Winter Wonderland” and “Carol Of The Bells”. He will embark on a Southeast Asia Tour in September, and United States in December.
GRAMMY AWARDS (7)
1977 Best Jazz Vocal Performance Look To The Rainbow (album)
1978 Best Jazz Vocal Performance All Fly Home (album)
1981 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Breakin’ Away (album) and Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male “Blue Rondo A La Turk” (single from Breakin’ Away (album)
1992 Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Heaven and Earth (album)
2007 Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “God Bless The Child feat. Jill Scott”
Best Pop Instrumental for “Mornin’’”
Givin’ It Up (album)
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