AL JARREAU 1

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.
Al Jarreau

I’ve thought about doing it as soon as it is possible with this new CD getting some wings and getting out there. I don’t know how soon that will be.
Al Jarreau

More live recording. I have missed the boat over my career by not doing every second or third CD live because things happen onstage that don’t happen in the studio.
Al Jarreau

I’ve got an odometer on my voice that has out-odometered an odometer on an automobile.
Al Jarreau

I slept fourteen feet from a polka tavern as a kid growing up. I heard polkas all night long, people singing and drinking beers and having a great time. I know more polkas than Frankie Yancovic!
Al Jarreau

I was singing doo-wop on the corner under the streetlight with four other guys when it wasn’t called doo-wop. We just got together and sang, so that music is inside of me. It’s a lot of stuff that has been rolling around in here and becoming this compost and has made me who I am as a singer.
Al Jarreau

Every good gospel singer you can hear is a scat singer; they’re just using different syllables. There are a lot of jazz singers out there, and more coming out of the churches.
Al Jarreau

I love connecting with the audience, and there’s more ways than one to do that.
Al Jarreau

I say what’s on my mind and have a good time. I try to give people a show. It’s all about giving people a good time once you get out under those lights.
Al Jarreau

It’s always been about making music. I’ve never gotten caught up with the trappings. You can’t get caught up in the limousines and the chicks. The most important thing is the music.
Al Jarreau

I love Sly Stone and James Brown and Stevie Wonder, and I want my music to reflect some of that.
Al Jarreau

I’m touched by Jon Hendricks. I want some of my music to reflect that. And when I write, you’re going to hear it.
Al Jarreau

I’m this strange kind of fusion of jazz, pop, and R&B.
Al Jarreau

Since the beginning of my recording career in 1975, I have had a little difficulty because the pop stations think I’m a jazzer who doesn’t have a feeling for pop, so it’s hard to get my records played. Similarly, black urban radio doesn’t understand that with my R&B roots, I am more than a jazz singer. So I get pigeonholed.
Al Jarreau

I’m saved every day by the intrinsic value of the work I do, which I truly enjoy.
Al Jarreau

My mother and father come from that post-Depression, middle-of-World-War -I kind of thinking that says, ‘Find a practical job. You know what I mean, Mr. Big Shot? So, you can sing a song …’
Al Jarreau

I was really learning my craft as a jazz singer and working with some great players and all, really growing and feeling my wings.
Al Jarreau

There’s a wonderful tradition of jazz people getting on stage and jamming and finding some feeling for music with audiences who may be fresh. For others, it might be just like a comfortable shirt they’ve been wearing.
Al Jarreau

I tour a lot and interview a lot. I’m on the Internet and doing stuff. I go out and promote. I’ve got a bass drum and a sandwich sign and a washboard. You just have to shout louder and louder that you’re still alive.
Al Jarreau

I don’t know how much more what I’ve done is any more important than what Ella Fitzgerald did. Ella crossed those lines, as did George Benson before me. There’ve been lots of people who brought a pop audience to jazz because they were able to link the two and give people easy access to the world of jazz.
Al Jarreau

I can’t imagine a more ideal life.
Al Jarreau

I had five brothers and sisters. Four of them older, and some of them played instruments, and we would get together and have family recitals and raise money for the church. I belonged to a wonderful church community that encouraged me to sing.
Al Jarreau

I’m a Buckeye at heart. I spend more time giving concerts in Ohio than I do in any other state – perhaps more time than I spend performing anywhere else in the world. I have a great relationship with the people of Ohio, and it’s great to be near the OSU when I come to Columbus.
Al Jarreau

Jazz told people about the special music that came out of America and about America in general and this kind of liberty and freedom that we have.
Al Jarreau

I am inspired by all kinds of players and singers.
Al Jarreau

I have this image in my head of me in the house I grew up in, and hearing this incredible music on the television show, going over to it, and there’s Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, and Annie Ross. It knocked me out of my socks, and I’m still in flight.
Al Jarreau

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