London Concert confirmed for July 14

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Al Jarreau has just confirmed an appearance at Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, and he encourages everyone to check out this fantastic fest- 2 weekends of blockbuster lineup in one of London’s most beautiful parks. More info available here: UNWIND

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There is a high tent-like structure in the middle of the room like a circus tent, but this is a permanent building. I have played here at least twice since the early 80’s. Some will remember… nice history… and all that. Some will also remember a club called The Spectacle – a biggish club with a high stage. And that would have been the first time I’ve met Willy …… an excellent jazz singer. Bepop and all. He’s friends with Stefan, the guitar player.

All in all, our appearance here and performance this time with the big band, and Joe Sample, and lots of new music. It amounts to a beautiful revitalizing of an old relationship. New ideas, new concepts, and even new clothes. New transformation from Al Jarreau into Porgy. Wow, it’s so important in the career to look for these opportunities to express a different side of who you are. Sometimes this involves a stretch from what you typically do. But it’s worth it. As you might guess these changes are great for the audience too: different settings, different music. In some ways, you can think of my whole career on the European continent to be different and interesting this time because the whole song program is different than the last. Then Turano, came with a new program set that involved a return to the, “Look To The Rainbow,” era. Right back to the beginning of my career, when we broke through on to the scene. New face, new approach, new audience. Intercontinental relationship. Some folks think this is the best work I’ve ever done throughout my career. And total unabashed jazzy freedom. And they’re right. This jazz album totally represents my jazzy freedom in “approach.” But those who get stuck there have forgotten the title song, “We Got By,” from the first album, “Sweet Potato Pie.” And things like, “Aqua de Beber,” and “Your Song,” from the, “Glow” record. And as for, “Look To The Rainbow,” itself, there were several plays like, “Rainbow In Your Eyes,” “One Good Turn,” and could you believe that I was called R&B/pop. Thank you Munich for bringing me back!

Love, Al

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Al Jarreau Cancels June 7, 9 & 10 Concerts

Al Jarreau announces, with great regret, that he is currently ill with pneumonia.

With the advice of his doctors, he has realised that, unfortunately, it will be impossible for him to perform 3 concerts scheduled for June 7, 9 and 10. Doctors have made him aware of the complexity of his illness, and he understands that he must take the time to make a total recovery, and to regain his fitness, which will then allow him to perform all concerts scheduled for June 25 or after, and to reschedule those 3 affected shows if possible when his health and voice are back to full strength.

A spokesman for Mr. Jarreau commented “He was so excited to be able to appear before a new audience in Chatellerault, where he has never before played, and to sing as a part of the anniversary celebration at Asso Sax Pessac, the music school whose students had prepared to perform with Al some of his signature songs. And, he was honoured to have a return appearance scheduled at Olympia in Paris, where he has sung many times previously. He apologizes to his fans, to the music students, and to all those who purchased tickets to any of these concerts”

Tickets Holders are asked to contact their venue to learn of any re-ticketing or refund options.

Please find below a list of all the affected tour dates:

JUNE, 2012
07 Jazzellerault
09 Asso Sax School
10 Olympia Bruno Coquatrix

Mr. Jarreau expects to re-commence his tour on June 28, 2012 in Orleans, and to be in good health to perform all concerts scheduled for that date and after.

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