More than just singing a melody line, jazz vocalists must be masters of interpretation and truly use their voice as an instrument. Al Jarreau certainly accomplished those feats, with an unmistakable style and technique that owed its roots to the vocalese trends of the mid-20th century.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native arose from a religious background as part of a family of vocal performers. His stage ambitions were omnipresent even as he earned a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation.
Jarreau made a few television appearances thanks to David Frost, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Johnny Carson. His biggest break was being booked to perform during the first season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
His noted scat singing and vocal percussion quickly assured him singular status in pop culture. As his record sales escalated, Jarreau’s rendition of the theme song for the hit ABC series “Moonlighting” garnered him a Grammy nomination.
On Monday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will take a look at Jarreau’s career in a show at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). The featured performer for the night will be HolliWood Westry.
Entrance is $12, $10 for military and students, $8 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar is available.
Men’s Chorus ends series with Bernheim show
The Port City Men’s Chorus will close out their 2016 series with a show entitled “Something Old Something New.” It takes place Saturday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m. at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.)
A donation of $10 is requested at the door. There will also be a gift basket raffle.
The chorus is “seriously” recruiting men who sing, men who would like to sing and men who would like to try and sing to join. Membership is open to all, with no auditions required.
For more information call 251-404-1669 or go to portcitymenschorus.org.
Paper workshop unfolds at library
Suzanne Sarver and AIGA Mobile will show attendees how easy and rewarding hand-cut paper art can be in a workshop Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. at Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.). Participants are guaranteed to leave with at least one paper illustration, tools and resources for further explorations.
Included will be an assortment of fine paper, a paper cutter’s tool kit (a small cutting mat, foam mounting tape, craft tweezers, glue pens and an X-acto knife), doughnuts from Sugar Rush, Panera lunch provided by Mac papers and a complimentary paper sample book from International Paper.
Registration is required. Admission is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers.
For more information call 251-208-7072.