al jarreau

Days after being hospitalized for exhaustion, the jazz great passed away in Los Angeles.

Al Jarreau, the “Voice of Versatility” who wowed audiences for more than five decades died Sunday. He was 76. The news was confirmed by his manager, Joe Gordon.

Throughout his career, Jarreau constantly performed. He had released 16 studio albums and a wide share of live material. But his hectic schedule and recent health battles had forced him to give up the stage. He announced his retirement from touring due to exhaustion. “He is thankful for 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort.”

Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 12, 1940. His enamor with music and his singing style made him one of jazz’s more inviting voices. During college, he performed with a local group called The Indigos before heading to San Francisco. While in San Francisco, he teamed with George Duke to form a trio.

His passions and career pushed him to purse music full-time. He would move to Los Angeles and signed a contract with Warner Bros. In LA, his career would ascend after the release of his debut album, We Got By. 40 years ago, Jarreau would win his first of seven Grammy Awards for his live LP, Look To The Rainbow.

Jarreau is survived by his wife Susan & son Ryan.