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Release: Aug. 31, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Jarreau is represented by Bill Darlinton:; 310-319-2423.)

Al Jarreau returns to the UI to open Hancher's 2001-02 music schedule with Sept. 21 concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Singing star Al Jarreau, one of the University of Iowa's most distinguished alumni in arts and entertainment, will return to his alma mater to launch Hancher Auditorium's 2001-2002 music programming with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Many UI students work to pay their way through school. When Jarreau was a vocational rehabilitation graduate student, he made ends meet by performing in area clubs, further developing the vocal talent he began to nurture as a child growing up in Milwaukee.

Jarreau relocated to California after graduating from the UI with a master's degree, but his counseling career was short-lived, while his moonlighting job turned into one of the most illustrious musical careers of the last 25 years. A five-time Grammy Award winner and a regular in critics' and readers' polls, Jarreau is a versatile international star whose unique vocal style has taken him from clubs to global tours to solo gigs fronting symphony orchestras.

Jarreau's stardom has blurred distinctions between jazz and popular pigeon-holes. In fact, he is the only artist in history to win Grammy Awards in three categories -- jazz, pop and R&B. Most recently, Jarreau was honored as Smooth Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the 2001 Smooth Jazz Awards. In March 2001 a star was dedicated to him on the world-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Following his UI graduation, he moved to San Francisco, where he performed at a small jazz club with a trio headed by another future star, keyboardist George Duke, and by the late '60s, Jarreau knew that he would make singing his life.

First he relocated to Los Angeles, where he performed in high-profile nightspots including Dino's, the Troubador and the Bitter End West. He then branched out to New York City, where he gained national network television exposure with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Frost and Mike Douglas and "spelled" up-and-coming comics John Belushi, Bette Midler, Robert Klein, David Brenner, Jimmie Walker and others at the famed comedy venue, The Improv.

In 1975 Jarreau was spotted by Warner Bros. Records, beginning his illustrious recording career that now includes more than 15 albums. By 1977 he was touring the world as an international star. Reflecting his continuing international stardom, Jarreau's fall 2001 schedule starts in Iowa City and concludes in South Africa.

His latest recording is 2000's "Tomorrow Today," featuring support from Vanessa Williams, Boney James, Rick Braun, Steve Gadd and Freddie Ravel.

In 1996 Jarreau branched out to Broadway as well, accepting a three-month stint playing the role of Teen Angel in the hit musical "Grease!" His other recent credits include guest-star appearances on "New York Undercover" and "Touched by an Angel," and a national McDonald's commercial with R&B songstress Vesta Williams.

The UI concert of Al Jarreau is supported by the UI department of intercollegiate athletics, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for Al Jarreau are $38, $35 and $32. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20 percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price. Zone 1 tickets on the main floor are sold out.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's site on the World Wide Web: <>.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <>.

To learn more about Jarreau, visit his official website at <> on the World Wide Web. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <>. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <>.