Take Five With Al Jarreau In Singapore


RENOWNED jazz singer Al Jarreau’s most distinctive trait, the improvised vocal style called scatting, comes from trying to imitate the instrumentalists he admires.

His singing, which has propelled a prolific career that spans four decades, was heavily influenced by the keyboard styles of legendary American musicians George Duke, Chick Corea and Count Basie.

‘There is a thing that they do that represents excellence. It makes you want to follow it in your own work,’ says Jarreau, 69, who will be in town next month to perform at the Singapore Sun Festival.

Speaking to Life! from his home in Los Angeles, the seven-time Grammy Award winner calls his staccato yet flowing singing delivery ‘vocal percussion’.

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