Just days after announcing his retirement from performing due to exhaustion, Al Jarreau passed away this morning. The following statement was released by his manager to Darlene Hill of Ebony Magazine
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, Susan, 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. A donation page is here. Even if you do not plan to contribute, please list that page and give yourself a few minutes to watch a beautiful tribute video that Wisconsin Public Television produced to honor Al when he received his lifetime achievement award in October.
This is a video produced by Wisconsin Public Television last year to celebrate Al’s Lifetime Achievement award from the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music. It was awarded on October 8th, 2016. In lieu of flowers, a donation page will be set up for the Foundation but as of this writing, it is not operational yet.
Statement:We ask that no flowers or gifts are sent. A donation page has been set up http://foundation4schoolmusic.org/lifetime-achievement-award/al-jarreau/ … For Wisconsin Foundation for School Music