Jazz Great Al Jarreau Is Dead at 76

He was a 7-time Grammy winner
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2017 1:43 PM CST

(Newser) – The Grammy's will surely be scrambling to pull together a tribute to a seven-time winner in time for Sunday night's show. R&B and jazz great Al Jarreau died Sunday morning at age 76, reports Rolling Stone, whose obituary notes that he was dubbed the "Acrobat of Scat" over the course of a career that spanned five decades. Some of his more popular hits include "We're in This Love Together" and the theme for the TV show Moonlighting. Jarreau was hospitalized last week in Los Angeles for exhaustion, and his Facebook page then announced that he would never tour again.

Jarreau collaborated with jazz giants including Miles Davis, David Sanborn, and Chick Corea, and put out 20 albums. The Milwaukee native is the only vocalist to win a Grammy in the jazz, R&B, and pop categories, notes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A family statement asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music. No cause of death has been announced. Jarreau had battled cardiac and respiratory ailments in recent years, reports TMZ. (Read more obituary stories.)

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