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Al Jarreau teams up with Tacoma Symphony at State Fair

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on July 16, 2013 at 10:16 am with No Comments »
July 16, 2015 2:20 pm

Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau will perform with the Tacoma Symphony at the Washington State Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, it was announced today. Tickets are now on sale.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner Jarreau’s long career has produced hits like “So Good” and “We’re In This Love Together.”

Tickets for the show are $40, $50 and $75. Fair gate admission is included in the concert price. Tickets are now on sale on the Fair website, or by phone at 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased at the Washington State Fair’s box office at 9th Ave. SW and Meridian Street 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Here’s more on Al Jarreau:

Al Jarreau started singing at the age of four, harmonizing with is brothers and performing solo at a variety of local events in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ironically, music was not his only interest since he excelled in sports and was an above-average student.

While studying at Ripon College in Wisconsin he sang for fun with a group called The Indigos. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, he moved on to the University of Iowa to earn his Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. After graduation he moved to San Francisco, where his musical gifts took shape. After performing with a trio headed by George Duke, he moved to Los Angeles, performing at famed nightspots Dino’s, the Troubadour, and the Bitter End West.

As his popularity grew, Al branched out to New York, appearing on television shows with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Frost and Mike Douglas. He teamed with guitarist Julio Martinez to “spell new comics John Belushi, Bette Midler, David Brenner and others at the Improv.

By 1975 talent scouts discovered Al, and his debut album, We Got By was released to unanimous acclaim. He was awarded a German Grammy for Best New International Soloist that same year, and a follow-up German Grammy for his next album, Glow.

He received his first Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1977 for Look to the Rainbow, a live double album culled from his first world tour. By the 80s, Breakin’ Away sold over a million copies, and brought two Grammy’s for Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Male Jazz Vocalist. In 1987 his voice was heard weekly singing the Grammy-nominated theme song for the hit TV show, Moonlighting.

His hits kept coming in, as did Grammy Awards. By 1992 Heaven and Earth brought Al his fifth Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance. With this, he became one of the rare artists to have won Grammys in three categories: jazz, pop and R&B.

Al Jarreau received his own star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” in 2001 between his worldwide performances since the 70s. Along the way he has paired up with peers, including George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Botti and many others. He produced his first Yuletide album, Christmas in 2008.

Time Magazine calls Al Jarreau “the greatest jazz singer alive. He continues to tour extensively worldwide. He last performed at the Fair in 2008. For more information, visit

The Tacoma Symphony

The 2013-2014 season marks the 20th anniversary of Harvey Felder’s tenure as music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. He has led the growth of the TSO from a community orchestra to a regional professional orchestra of 80-plus musicians from throughout the Puget Sound region. Under the baton of Maestro Felder, the versatile ensemble is known for its warm, friendly concert environment coupled with artistically excellent renderings of the great symphonic classics, entertaining pops, educational programs, and intimate chamber performances. Visit

A separately ticketed pre-show dinner prior to the Al Jarreau concert and post-show party will be sold to concert attendees. The cost is $50, and includes an exclusive dinner in the Fair View Club, a VIP Concert Series laminate and lanyard, and a post-show party at the Fair View Club at the Fair. A no host bar will also be offered. This event ticket can be purchased at the time of purchasing concert tickets.

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