Legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau passed away on Sunday morning, just days after he announced that he was officially going to retire from touring. He made this decision after being hospitalized for exhaustion. The jazz legend had been touring for nearly 50 years.
Al Jarreau is without a doubt one of the most legendary jazz musicians of all time. For those who don’t really listen to this genre of music, he is probably best known for writing and singing the theme to the popular TV show Moonlighting. Al had a very successful carrer, having won seven Grammys and releasing 16 studio albums.
He is also known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away, as well as for being a performer in the extremely popular charity song We Are the World.
Al’s manager, Joe Gordon, released a statement following the singer’s death, in which he wrote: “Dear friends, family and colleagues, Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 5:30am LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by Ryan (his son), Susan (his wife), and a few of his family and friends. Ryan and Susan will hold a small, private service at home, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet, but I will inform you if that changes.”
“Ryan asks that no flowers or gifts are send to their home or office. Instead, if you are motivated to do so, please make a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin,” the manager wrote in the statement.