The Frankfurt Music Prize is given in recognition of Al Jarreau’s lifetime of work as a seminal vocalist. In its explanatory statement, the jury emphasised his outstanding interpretative and improvisational abilities with which he has elevated the solo singing voice to previously unknown heights.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1940, Al Jarreau is one of the leading singers of contemporary jazz and has released more than 20 albums in the course of his career. Jarreau become a household name through hit singles such as ‘We’re in This Love Together’ and ‘Moonlighting’. He has also been internationally successful with his interpretations of works by Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, and other stars of the jazz scene. Characteristic of Jarreau is the broad spectrum of singing techniques he employs and the extensive compass of his voice – from deep bass to high flageolet tones. During a musical career ranging over more than five decades, he has been the recipient of many of the sector’s most important awards. To date, he is the only singer to have been presented with a coveted Grammy Award in the 3 categories of jazz, pop and rhythm & blues. He was honoured with a gold star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in Los Angeles in 2001.
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