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INTERVIEW

Al Jarreau holds forth on the art of singing, the decline of radio and the glory of the great American songbook

Read "Al Jarreau holds forth on the art of singing, the decline of radio and the glory of the great American songbook" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Note: This interview with Al Jarreau was originally published in 2004 on Turbula.net. Any doubts that Al Jarreau was born to sing are quickly dispensed with by a simple conversation with the man--he is incapable of holding forth on the topic of music without dipping into the subject at hand. Not ten minutes into a phone interview, Jarreau is scatting through a passage from a classic bop song of the 1960s, pointing out how the chord ...

LIVE REVIEW

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival Cape Town International Convention Centre Cape Town, South Africa March 27 & 28, 2015 The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place over two jam-packed nights, on five simultaneous stages. Now in its sixteenth year, it also includes a number of ancillary events during festival week: workshops, a photo exhibition, master classes, and an outdoor free concert in Greenmarket Square (on Wednesday night). The free concert offers a taste of ...

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Al Jarreau: Les Double Six, Les Double Six

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Double Six--when I was in college in my first year, I formed a singing group patterned along the lines of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross--and Double Six. Double Six changed my life; I listened to them instead of going to class--I think they almost sent me home! Very important music to me, I became friends with Michel Legrand--his sister sang in the group then, and Mimi Perrin--thank you Mimi! we'll all see you soon. So ...

INTERVIEW

Al Jarreau: Simple and Necessary Happiness

Read "Al Jarreau: Simple and Necessary Happiness" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

There are very few jazz greats that make people who love this music smile in awe while witnessing their beautiful talent. Jazz is larger than life, and they all contribute to its greatness every day, whether it is from a small stage in the Village in New York, or from some old record, spinning while popping and clicking away with that undeniable charm, making the music flow. As long as jazz happens, the magnificence of it all remains flawless and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Al Jarreau: The Very Best of: An Excellent Adventure

Read "The Very Best of: An Excellent Adventure" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Al Jarreau is the most successful jazz singer of his time and has enjoyed a career that spans four decades. Oddly though, Jarreau has been never been represented with a career-spanning compilation, and his fans have been patiently waiting for a comprehensive overview. They will have to keep waiting. An Excellent Adventure casts a wider net than the now out-of-print Best of Al Jarreau (Warner Brothers, 1996), but with only 16 tracks is far from definitive. There's ...

INTERVIEW

Al Jarreau: Christmas Time At Last

Read "Al Jarreau: Christmas Time At Last" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

For someone for whom singing has been a part of their life since childhood and who comes from a church-going family, it's a natural thing each year to periodically croon the popular and traditional melodies of the Christmas holiday season. If that person is a professional--perhaps, one who's been singing for decades and has seven Grammys to his credit--it may seem a bit unnatural that he hasn't yet covered the holiday classics on an album.That's precisely been the ...

LIVE REVIEW

A Romantic Evening in Central Park 2004

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Pieces Of A Dream, Al Jarreau Central Park in Huntington Beach, California September 11, 2004

A quaint little park area behind the Central Library in Huntington Beach (CA) served as the backdrop for a daylong smooth jazz concert that featured Christine Day, Kevin Toney, Andre Delano, Richard Smith, Brian Bromberg, Pieces Of A Dream and Al Jarreau. L.A. was in the middle of a heat wave, but the park's ample shade trees ...


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