Al Jarreau to 'Accentuate the Positive'

Published: 2004-07-06
Grammy winning jazz artist Al Jarreau will release his seventeenth album "Accentuate the Positive" on August 3. "Sparseness and simplicity was the first and last commandment for this project," said Al Jarreau on the new album. He recorded a selection of classic and jazz standards along with two new original songs. The album was recorded live in a studio with a quartet of a piano, bass, guitar, and drums.

Jarreau began singing at age four but it was only for fun. Armed with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Vocational Rehabilitation the Milwaukee native moved to San Francisco to launch a career as a rehabilitation counselor. But the music soon took over and in the late 60s Jarreau began singing professionally.

Jarreau was the winner of two German Grammy awards before he received the first of five American Grammys in 1977. Jarreau is one of the many artists who hold Grammy Awards from the jazz, pop, and R&B categories. The hit song "Breakin' Away" made Jarreau household name. And he became a weekly guest in those homes when his voice was heard on the theme song for the television show "Moonlighting".

Jarreau is in his fourth decade as a performer and he is still touring the world sharing his talents.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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