The legendary jazz icon died early Sunday morning two weeks after being hospitalized due to exhaustion and later cancelling his 2017 tour.
In a statement made on the singer’s website reads, “[Jarreau’s] 2nd priority in life was music… His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need. Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest. Song was just his tool for making that happen.”
The cause of death is not known at this time. Jarreau was scheduled to perform in Illinois in late February but sent an email to fans on Friday saying his medical team advised him to cancel his 2017 concert dates.
“With complete sorrow, Al Jarreau must retire from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him.”
Jarreau went onto graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Masters in vocational rehabilitation.
The seven-time Grammy award winner (only vocalist in history be honoured in three categories pop, jazz and R&B) is revered for having released top hits such as “We’re in This Love Together,” “Breakin’ Away” and the theme song to the TV show “Moonlighting.”
At the time of this death he was surrounded by family and friends.
In 2015, your’s truly was previliged to see him gave a resounding performance live at the annual Cape Town International Jazz festival in 2015.
Kaya FM presenters also spoke fondly of him, especially when they had lunch with him at their office’s.
espAfrica, the promoters of the annual fest also sent their message of condolences to this fine scholar and athlete.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the passing of jazz legend Al Jarreau, who performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival just a couple of years ago. The espAfrika team send our condolences to his family and fans, and we will never forget the awe-inspiring performance he gave on the Kippies stage back in 2015. Rest in peace, Al.”
In April 2016, former President Barack Obama invited Jarreau to perform for an “International Jazz Day” concert at the White House along with artists such as Aretha Franklin and Sting.
The family has asked donations be made to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, which offers scholarships and music opportunities to students living in his home town of Milwaukee.
The good Dr was 76.
This article was sourced from www.sowetolifemag.co.za