Jazz singer Al Jarreau dies at 76

Singer Al Jarreau, a multiple Grammy winner known for his smooth voice and scat singing skills on jazz and R&B songs, has died. Nathan Frandino reports.

WASHINGTON, D.C.; LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (Reuters) – Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau has died.

His publicist confirming that the vocalist passed away in a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday.

Jarreau – known for his smooth voice and scat singing skills – had been hospitalized recently for exhaustion. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

Speaking at a jazz celebration event in 1998, Jarreau said the genre was one of America’s greatest creations.

AL JARREAU SAYING:

“If there’s any music that’s really kind of our own it’s this stuff that we call jazz — I mean we’ve got blues and country too but jazz is a very special thing and that’s ours and embraced all over the world.”

His hit songs included “We’re in This Love Together,” “After All,” “Boogie Down,” and “Never Givin’ Up,” among others.

He was 76 years old.