Tune In: Tv One’s Unsung Highlights Revolutionary Jazz Singer Al Jarreau
The latest episode of TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG shines a spotlight on revolutionary jazz singer Al Jarreau.
Known as the Acrobat of Scat, Al Jarreau rose to stardom in the mid-70s with a sound that revolutionized jazz singing. Making his debut with cult classics like “We Got By” and “Take Five,” Jarreau gained worldwide attention for improvisational dexterity that included mimicking instruments with his voice.
In 1981, “We’re in This Love Together” became a platinum seller and landed on both the pop and R&B charts. He made history as the first Grammy winner across the genres of jazz, pop, and R&B. He was nominated several times throughout his career, including in 2013 for Best Jazz Album and Best Children’s Album. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.
Jarreau later struggled to maintain commercial success while staying connected to his jazz roots, but thanks to devoted fans, he remained popular. He recorded and released eight albums between 2000 and 2014; and toured consistently for 50 years until his passing in 2017 at the age of 76.
On this episode, friends and family celebrate Al Jarreau’s life and career. Through their first-hand accounts, along with archival footage, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of the music legend’s life in the limelight.
UNSUNG, winner of the 51st Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information- (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Tune in this Sunday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET/9C on TV One.