From the Al Jarreau Facebook page:

It is with the deepest of sadness that we inform you Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 6:00am LA time. He was in the hospital, and kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends. A small, private service is planned, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet this time.

The family asks that no flowers or gifts are sent. Instead, please consider a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. A donation page is here: Even if you do not plan to contribute, please visit that page and give yourself a few minutes to watch a beautiful tribute video that Wisconsin Public Television produced to honor Al when he received his lifetime achievement award from the Foundation in October.

Hear, and see, Al’s great take on the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five”:

Al Jarreau, Legendary Jazz Singer, Dies at 76

Jazz singer Al Jarreau, of ‘Moonlighting’ fame, dies at 76 (Reuters)

Grammy-winning musician Al Jarreau dies at 76(USA Today)

Al Jarreau

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