Woke up this morning and got some very sad news. My friend and inspiration Al Jarreau has passed away in Los Angeles, at the age of 76. I played in quite a few incarnations of Al’s bands with some of the best musicians in the world, and I’ll always be grateful for the chance to work with this unique music genius.
In remembrance, here’s a video I recently discovered at YouTube of a live performance we did at the Newport Jazz Festival (it says 2004 in the description but it was actually in 1996). It was hot on stage that day! The sound mix is a little inconsistent in this recording, but it does capture how much fun it was to play his music.
Rest in peace, Al. You’ll always be remembered with love by all those who were blessed by your music.
Al Jarreau – Full Concert
Recorded Live: 8/10/1996 – Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI)
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0:00:00 – Step By Step
0:06:21 – We’re In This Love Together
0:10:37 – Across The Midnight Sky
0:18:06 – She’s Leaving Home
0:27:59 – Save Me
0:35:42 – Voice Percussion/Drums Jam
0:39:58 – Boogie Down
0:46:24 – Mornin’
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