The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (pop, jazz & R&B), Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style and innovative musical expression 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.
Some of Al Jarreau’s hits include “We’re In This Love Together”, “So Good”, “Mornin’” and “Moonlighting”, the theme from the hit TV series.
With his latest release, MY OLD FRIEND, Al Jarreau pays a loving tribute to one of his longtime kindred spirits – the legendary keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke, who unexpectedly passed away last year. By gathering an impressive list of special guests when recording the album (bassists Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke; saxophonists Gerald Albright and Boney James; and singers Dianne Reeves, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway and Jeffrey Osborne; among others) the new disc gives a delightful snapshot of Duke’s expansive musical range and includes post-bop, jazz-fusion, R&B and Brazilian jazz.
“I wanted to show part of the range of George’s music and the brilliance of his work, which accounts for the impact he had on various musicians in the last half century,” Jarreau explains.
Jarreau first met Duke in 1965 when he moved to San Francisco from his hometown of Milwaukee after a stint with the U.S. Army Reserves. Jarreau was working as a social worker and a rehabilitation counselor while also pounding the San Francisco streets for jazz gigs. A young Duke was already making a name for himself in the city by playing weekends at the Half Note. One Sunday night jam session, Jarreau came upon stage and tore it up. The club owner immediately asked Jarreau if he would be willing to join George Duke’s trio on a regular basis. Jarreau leaped at the opportunity and worked with the George Duke Trio for three years, even recording a live LP. “We played together three years at that club; it closed in 1968 and George and I moved on. But that was a very important period for me,” Jarreau recalls.
MY OLD FRIEND will surely extend the legacy of George Duke as well as become another crowning jewel in Jarreau own distinguished repertoire. “There are great moments all over this project,” Jarreau says proudly. “I couldn’t possibly cover George’s full range. But I wanted to give people a fun listen with his music for Duke’s diehard fans to once again, enjoy themselves through his music.”
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m.
On Sale: Thursday, June 4th at 12pm
Tickets Available: All Rams Head Box Offices and www.ramsheadonstage.com