al-jarreau-GettyImages-490352994
Getty Images

Grammy-Winning Jazz Legend, Al Jarreau, Dead At 76

RIP. 

Legendary jazz vocalist, Al Jarreau, died in Los Angeles Sunday (Feb. 12) morning. He was 76.

A message on Jarreau's Facebook page confirmed his death. “It is with the deepest of sadness to inform you Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 6:00 a.m. LA time,” the post reads. “He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends. A small, private service is planned, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet this time."

The seven-time Grammy winner passed away after being hospitalized for “exhaustion” earlier in the week. As of  Thursday (Feb. 9), Jarreau was "responding well" to treatment and "improving slowly,” though doctors advised him to cancel remaining 2017 tour dates.

“Al is retiring from touring,” an earlier Facebook post announced. “He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him - his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort.“

The Wisconsin native was a cross-genre success boasting a musical catalog that includes ‘80s hits like “We’re in This Love Together,” “After All,” and the Grammy-nominated theme song to the TV series, Moonlighting.

“ Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest,” stated a message on Jarreau's website.  “ He needed to see a warm, affirming smile where there had not been one before. Song was just his tool for making that happen.”

Peep the full announcement on Jarreau's passing, plus a throwback video, below.

 

From the Web

More on Vibe

Dimitrios Kambouris

Kodak Black Sentenced To 12 Months In Jail For Gun Charges

Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty to a weapon charge after he was stopped at the Canadian border crossing near Niagara Falls last April.

According to Local10 news, the "ZeZe" rapper was arrested after he drove a Cadillac Escalade across the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge into the United States with three other men. Police say the men had marijuana and a loaded pistol without a permit when they were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The 22-year-old rapper pleaded guilty second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in Niagara County Court. On Monday (March 30), Kodak received 12 months, which will run concurrent with his 46 month federal prison sentence.

In November, Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for illegally buying a gun in his home state of Florida. The New York sentence will be served concurrently with the federal one, according to State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch.

Continue Reading
Getty

Prince’s Siblings Reportedly File Petition To Get Money From His Estate

The heirs to Prince’s fortune want his estate to pay up. According to The Blast, the music legend’s siblings, Norine, Sharon and John, filed legal documents in hopes of green lighting “payment for service and efforts provided to the Estate.”

The trio claims that while “others” have been compensated, they have yet to be paid after putting time and energy into “business matters” related to the estate, which is being run by Comerica Bank.

“As this Court is aware, the Estate has now been on-going for over three years,” the documents reportedly state. “In this time, millions have been paid to the Personal Representatives, their accountants, attorneys, and legal advisors.”

The heirs accused Comerica of making money decisions without notifying them, which the bank has denied. Last year, a Minnesota judge denied the siblings’ request to limit the bank’s power over the estate.

Prince’s brothers and sisters want a judge to force Comerica to compensate them so that they can get out of financial ruin, including paying legal bills.

The Purple One’s estate is worth an estimated $200 million (down from $300 million) since his death in 2016. Prince died without a will but a judge ruled that his estate would be split between his six half-siblings. His brother, Alfred Jackson, who was 1/6 of the estate heirs died in 2019. Last December, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, sold off a chunk of her percentage of the estate to cover legal bills.

Continue Reading
Getty

Inaugural Lovers & Friends Festival Postponed Until Summer

The inaugural Lovers & Friends Festival has been postponed until the summer, adding to a long list of music events like Coachella and the 2020 Broccoli City Music Festival, which met the same fate due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

Lovers & Friends was originally scheduled to go down on May 8 and 9. The festival will now take place on Aug. 8.

In the coming weeks, ticket holders will be informed of details on potential refunds, and more. “All purchasers will be notified in the next few days with details about their order,” read a tweet from the festival’s Twitter account on Thursday (March 26).

Hi Friends! Thanks for your patience as we figure out how to make the show go on. Lovers & Friends has been rescheduled to Sat, Aug 8 (one day only). All purchasers will be notified in the next few days with details about their order. We look forward to hosting you this summer. pic.twitter.com/MsfWaFg2uQ

— Lovers & Friends Festival (@lvrsnfrndsfest) March 26, 2020

The sold-out music extravaganza was also trimmed from a two-day event to one day. Lauryn Hill, TLC, Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon remain on the bill as headliners. The packed lineup also included Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Jhene AIko, Lil Kim, Brandy, Nelly, Monica, Genuine, Fat Joe, Saweetie, Ma$e, Tweet, Amerie, Montell Jordan and Nina Sky.

Lovers & Friends Fest will go down at The Grounds Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson Calif.

Continue Reading

Top Stories