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Al Jarreau: In the moment with the music

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Al Jarreau, one of music's most talented vocalists, is coming to Texas for two shows next month.

On Friday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. he'll be at the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center on the campus of LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly Avenue, (Tickets are still available from $38 - $62. Call 903-233-3080) and then on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m., at the Eisemann (Tickets range from $39 - $68. Call 972-744-4650.)

 

 

Jarreau wrote the title track to the popular TV series, "Moonlighting." He's also the only artist beside Michael Jackson to win Grammys in Jazz, Pop and R&B categories.

Jarreau's unique vocal stylings blow the lid off all conventions, as he uses his voice as the spirit moves him.

I had the privilege of visiting with Jarreau this week. Having been a fan since the early 1980s, I had expectations of how he would be during the interview ... and he did not disappoint. He's open, honest, funny and exceptionally insightful when it comes to talking about being in the moment and how important it is to him to connect with his audiences.

Here's a clip of him singing "The Christmas Song" from his "Christmas" CD. Forget the schmaltzy photos. Just listen to Jarreau's voice.


Here's a rare clip of Jarreau performing Dave Brubeck's ground-breaking 1959 hit, "Take Five."

A note: Suspend what you know about the tune. Free your mind and let Jarreau take you on a most unique 8 minute and 4 second musical journey, exploring the song as never before.

Keep this in mind ... Jarreau does everything in this number with only his amazing vocal chords. Yes, he has musicians backing him up, but this number is mostly Jarreau doing what he does best - feeling the moment and sharing it with those of us lucky enough to be there with him.

 

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