AL JARREAU: THE MISSION IS TO BEAUTIFY LIFE AND MOVE ON

This week, just hours before the Grammy Awards ceremony, word came of the death of legendary singer Al Jarreau. The seven-time Grammy winner is the only vocalist to ever claim a Grammy in the three distinct genres of Jazz, Pop and R&B.

I feel fortunate to have had him on my PBS program many times over the years. In the aftermath of the passing of his friend and collaborator, George Duke, I asked Al if losing his friend made him think about his own dance with mortality. It would be his very last appearance on the show. 

For the full tribute to Al Jarreau, check PBS for your local TV listings or visit us online at www.pbs.org/tavis.

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