- NAME: Al Jarreau
- OCCUPATION: Theater Actor, Television Actor, Songwriter, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: March 12, 1940 (Age: 73)
- Did You Know?: Al Jarreau is the first vocalist in music history to receive Grammy Awards in three separate categories (jazz, pop and R&B).
- EDUCATION: Ripon College, University of Iowa
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Full Name: Alwin Lopez Jarreau
- AKA: Alwin Jarreau
- AKA: Al Jarreau
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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Al Jarreau is the quintessential contemporary jazz artist, and the first vocalist in music history to receive Grammy Awards in three separate categories (jazz, pop and R&B).
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In 1996, Jarreau began a three-month stint on Broadway playing the role of Teen Angel in the hit musical Grease. Other acting credits include appearances on New York Undercover and Touched By An Angel.
In 1996, the Best of Al Jarreau compilation was released on Warner Bros., featuring Jarreau's career hits, "Moonlighting,
" "We're in This Love Together," "Boogie Down" and "Roof Garden," as well as two new tracks written by George Duke.
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