When thinking about Al Jarreau, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 76, one word comes insistently to mind: Smooth.
Much like his longtime friend and kindred spirit George Duke, who died in August 2013, Jarreau owned that free-flowing and often breezy subgenre somewhat derisively known as “smooth jazz.” In reality, it was a cross-pollination of jazz with funk, pop and R&B that his voice helped establish in the ’70s and ’80s. From the nimble, rounded style that allowed him to glide from note to note in his biggest hit “We’re in This Love Together” to the feeling evoked by the sound of his name itself, Jarreau became synonymous with a bright sort of cool that soared beyond jazz’s often sharp corners.
Also like Duke — who counted Frank Zappa and Miles Davis among his collaborators — Jarreau’s 50-year career defied such simple categorization. A Midwestern native, Jarreau cut his teeth at Bay Area clubs like the Half Note and Gatsby’s before moving to Los Angeles, where he appeared on the city’s club and talk-show circuit.
Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, has died. He was 76.
The singer died about 6 a.m. Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital surrounded by family and friends, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but news of his passing comes two days after he announced his retirement from touring and was admitted to the hospital for exhaustion.
Dubbed the “Acrobat of Scat” for his vocal delivery and admired by fans for his imaginative and improvisational qualities, Jarreau had a career that spanned five decades and 20 albums. His biggest single was "We're in This Love Together" from 1981. He also sang the theme song for TV's "Moonlighting."
Adele ended her night at the 2017 Grammy Awards with back-to-back wins for album of the year and record of the year, but used her final moments on stage to salute Beyoncé and her "monumental" album "Lemonade." Beyoncé, meanwhile, wowed the audience with a spiritual performance and also took home the prize for urban contemporary album. Chance the Rapper was also among the top winners of the night, taking the prize for new artist as well as rap album.
Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of President Trump, took in a New York Fashion Week show Saturday morning, sitting front row at the Fall/Winter 2017 Taoray Wang runway show at Skylight Clarkson Square on Washington Street. Her mother, Marla Maples, was at her side, and a scrum of Secret Service agents and venue security were posted nearby.
The fashion flock had been speculating about a possible Trump appearance since fashion week kicked off Thursday because the Shanghai-based label (which has shown at New York Fashion Week for the last few years) custom designed the white double-breasted coat she wore on Inauguration Day.
We didn’t get a chance to speak with Trump (“You can take one picture,” we were told when we approached, “but no questions”) before the show, and after the runway finale walk, she and Maples were whisked backstage (presumably to meet the designer) and then off the premises.
Friday night, PBS is airing a documentary about U.S. representative John Lewis and his lifetime spent dedicated to American politics and civil rights.
Lewis, who has served as a representative from Georgia for the last 30 years, was 21 when he joined the movement for civil rights, serving as one of the original 13 Freedom Riders in an effort to integrate mass transit.
During the heart of the movement in the 1960s, Lewis worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., serving as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for several years, as well as marching with King at Selma, as documented by Ava DuVernay's recent film
On Wednesday, Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the legendary musical brood — including Janet and the late Michael Jackson — was granted a temporary restraining order against nephew Trent Lamar Jackson.
Court documents obtained by The Times, allege that Jackson's daughter Rebbie, as well as other family members, have witnessed ongoing abuse by Trent Lamar Jackson, who previously had been employed as Jackson's driver.
Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump protest piece has been shut down because it created an unexpectedly volatile situation and serious public safety hazards, museum officials said Friday.
The embattled actor's HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US installation at New York's Museum of the Moving Image debuted on President's Trump inauguration day and was meant to run through the duration of his presidency. The around-the-clock streaming performance invited willing participants to chant the words "he will not divide us" in front of a webcam as many times and for as long as they wished.
However, a few days after its debut, LaBeouf was arrested after he shouted down an alleged white supremacist who arrived to troll the work and other such incidents prompted the museum to cut off the installation's webcam.
Ever since Melissa McCarthy blew the roof off of last week's "Saturday Night Live" with her uncanny (and unhinged) depiction of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the Internet has been salivating over casting women in other prominent roles in the Trump administration.
So far, longtime Trump foil Rosie O'Donnell as White House strategist Steve Bannon seems to be a resounding favorite, with O'Donnell herself volunteering as tribute.
Marvel Television and Hulu continue to solidify the "Marvel's Runaways" cast, this time casting the villains, a group called the Pride who happen to be the parents of the Runaways kids, with actors from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "This Is Us," The Wire" and more.
The cast is as follows:
Ryan Sands ("Hat Hair," "The Wire") as Geoffrey Wilder; Angel Parker ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," “The Strain”) as Catherine Wilder; Brittany Ishibashi ("This Is Us," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows") as Tina Minoru; James Yaegashi ("Breakfast at Tiffany's" on Broadway, "Madame Secretary") as Robert Minoru;