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  • I watched Elvis Presley become - I listened to Elvis Presley. I watched Chuck Berry become. I listened to Little Richard. I heard that music, and it was part of my upbringing.

    "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet.

    Song   Years   Needs  
  • Before I get out of bed, I am saying thank you. I know how important it is to be thankful.

    "Al Jarreau: Simple And Necessary Happiness". Interview with Esther Berlanga-Ryan, www.allaboutjazz.com. March 12, 2012.
  • I really do see it as the start of the second half of my career.

  • My dad graduated seminary there, and so did (sounds like) Mark Kimball's grandfather. They sang in a quartet together, my dad and Mark Kimball's grandfather.

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "Tavis Smiley", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • These songs are old friends I have entertained myself with when I'm washing the dishes, driving to the store and walking down the aisles. The ones that you sing when you're driving in the car and as a singer you always go back to them.

    Song  
  • That's the way I try to live. I think it's the only way for human beings at this point in our evolution as souls, where everyone in their lifetime is going through stuff.

  • Let that get you up in the morning and put the light in your eyes. I'm telling you, it makes you a better husband, mother, father, neighbor, citizen, when you have that light in your eye, that you feel so good, and you're a pleasant person to be around. "Good morning, sir. Did you find everything that you need? Oh, that's over in aisle seven. I'll come help you as soon as," that's the stuff. Find something. It could be planting flowers, especially if you can watch it.

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • I did a concert at five years old in the garden of one of the church members, and we raised some money to buy a new piano in our little church.

    Years  
    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • Jazz brought this sense of democracy where four guys come together and your name may be on the marquee, but in this moment, when you're the soloist, it's you, and we follow you. We follow you.

    Names   Guy   Democracy  
    "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • Once you discover that you can, then you must.

    Music   Jazz  
  • I think a singer is an athlete. I've always tried to stay fit. Until my knee said, "Uh-uh," I was jogging. Then I started walking. They don't like walking a lot, but I'll push them.

    "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • Every day is Thanksgiving for me, man. Yeah, I still have an audience, and they ask the local promoter, "When is Al coming back?"

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • You have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the Blues.

    Music   Effort   Jazz  
  • I kind of knew something was going on, and my older brothers and sisters were singing be-boppish kinds of stuff in the living room, and I was listening. I started singing, warmer than a summer night, at seven or eight years old.

    "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • Obviously given good health, and a continuing audience and a record company that allows me to do music. So given those things yes, I'm introducing some new music that people haven't really heard me do in quite this fashion.

  • I discovered is that I have a couple of valves that were leaky and had been giving, gave me a problem then. But I hadn't noticed anything up until then.A couple of incidents of shortness of breath and checked myself into a hospital, but that one in France really sat me down for a few minutes - a very few minutes, because seven days later I was in the studio, and eight days later, I was no the stage.

    "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • Once you discover that you can, then you must. And it's not easy. You have to take direct steps. You really have to count your blessings and you have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the blues.

    Effort  
  • To sing the ballad with a knowingness about what you are talking about. If it's somebody else's lyric, and the message is a little unusual for you, it requires that you learn that new message.

  • I was age six or seven, and singing, "Jesus wants me for her son, beep, to shine for him," and people smiled and pinched my cheeks till the blood vessels broke, and I knew I was doing something right.

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "Tavis Smiley", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • I would still be singing, because it's part of my heart and my soul, and it lifts me up. Find something you would do for free.

    "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • I know more polkas than Frankie Yankovic. I grew up next door to the Polka Tavern in Milwaukee. I can sing some polkas. And proud of that.

    Source: www.pbs.org
  • Al and Tommy and I sharing the biggest laugh because it was predicted by everything we did in the first three or four records in my career. It was predicted in the grooves that we would be here sometime later on down the road.

  • I sang do-wop on the street corner before it was called do-wop.

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • I don't know where we got the notion that God wants us to suffer. Every living thing tends toward the good or we would have been gone a long time ago.

  • My eyes went blank, and I stared off, and the music started. It was raining, and the sun was shining at the same time, and there were these big bay windows, and there was the blue in the sky, and the sun on the trees, and it was drizzling.

  • Every day is Thanksgiving.On this stage you're going to hear God and none of them other words, and I ain't going to touch my stuff.

    Source: www.pbs.org
  • I sat on the piano bench next to my mother in church. Something happened before I set foot on this planet. I was crawling around inside of her. She was a church pianist. My dad was a brilliant singer. I was hearing it.

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "The Tavis Smiley Show", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • It's all background experience and listening and exposure. That's why it's so important for people today and during any time to expose your children to lots of different kinds of things.

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "Tavis Smiley", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
  • I'm walking every day and just staying kind of fit, and try not to have too many bad habits. Keep it minimal.

    "Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau". "Tavis Smiley", www.pbs.org. November 5, 2013.
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    Al Jarreau

    • Born: March 12, 1940
    • Died: February 12, 2017
    • Occupation: Singer