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.
Al Jarreau is the quintessential contemporary jazz artist, and the first vocalist in music history to receive Grammy Awards in three separate categories (jazz, pop and R&B).
Jarreau 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. In 1977, Jarreau embarked on his first world tour and won his first American Grammy Award for best jazz vocal performance. His fourth album, All Fly Home, was released in 1978, earning a second Grammy for best jazz vocalist. In 1985, Al Jarreau’s Live in London, recorded at Wembley Arena, helped solidify his reputation as a world-class master of both studio and stage. Breakin’ Away won two more Grammys, for best male pop vocalist and best male jazz vocalist.
In 1992, after touring the globe for nearly two years, Jarreau returned to the studio to produce Heaven and Earth for which he received his fifth Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance. He released Tenderness in 1994 with an all-star cast, including David Sanborn, Kathleen Battle, Joe Sample and Steve Gadd. In 1996, Jarreau began a three-month stint on Broadway playing the role of Teen Angel in the hit musical Grease. Other acting credits include appearances on New York Undercover and Touched By An Angel. In 1996, the Best of Al Jarreau compilation was released on Warner Bros., featuring Jarreau’s career hits.
Al continues to tour extensively worldwide, with his sextet and Symphony shows, and is currently in studio working on a new album.