Alwyn 'Al' Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer. A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Jarreau is the second artist in history (Michael Jackson being the first) to win in three separate categories: Jazz, Pop, and R&B. He also won the Grammys within a span of four consecutive decades — the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the fifth of six children. His father was a Seventh-Day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother was a church pianist. He and his family sang together in church concerts and in benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings. Jarreau graduated from Ripon College in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He went on to earn a master's degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Iowa and worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor in San Francisco while moonlighting with a jazz trio headed by George Duke. In 1967, he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez. The duo became the star attraction at a small Sausalito night club called Gatsby's. This success contributed to Jarreau's decision to make professional singing his life and full-time career. One of Jarreau's most commercially and artistically successful albums is "Breakin' Away", released in 1981 on Warner Brothers Records, which includes the hit song "We're In This Love Together". Among other things, he is well-known for his scat singing and the ability to imitate conventional guitar, bass, and percussive instrumentation with his voice. This channel is dedicated to the classic jazz music you've loved for years. The smokin' hot, icy cool jams that still make you tap your feet whenever you hear them . . . Cool Jazz is here!
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