Grammy Award-Winner Al Jarreau to Warm Hearts in St. Louis on Valentine's Day Weekend

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Legendary jazz vocalist comes to the Touhill Performing Arts Center on February 13

Al Jarreau is the only vocalist to win a Grammy Award in each of the jazz, pop, and R&B categories. Along with this incomparable peer recognition, his prolific talent, critical acclaim, and crossover fan base have sustained Jarreau's decades-long career, which shows no sign of fatigue.

Perhaps best described in the lyrics of one of his most popular tunes, "We're in this Love Together", Jarreau's singing voice, "like berries on the vine, get(s) sweeter all the time." Time magazine recently noted that he has "a range and agility that would be impressive at any age." He is further revered for his gift for scat and ability to perfectly imitate guitar, bass and percussive instrumentation. Jarreau's repertoire includes so many romantic tunes that he released a compilation album, Love Songs in early 2008.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Al Jarreau will appear live in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri - St. Louis on February 13, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $100, $50, $40, and $30, and are available now at the Touhill Ticket Office, online at http://www.touhill.org, or by phone at 314-516-4949 and toll free 866-516-4949. This performance is sponsored by World Wide Technologies, Inc.

Jarreau's heartfelt interpretation of romantic lyrics has had audiences swooning since before 1975, when he was first signed to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. His debut album, We Got By, garnered immediate critical and popular acclaim. Several years later, in 1981, came Breakin' Away, one of Jarreau's most commercially and artistically successful albums, which includes the hit song "We're in This Love Together."

Around the same time, he wrote and performed the Grammy-nominated theme to the wildly popular 1980s television show Moonlighting. He was a featured vocalist on USA for Africa's "We are the World" and sang the line, "…and so we all must lend a helping hand." 1992's Heaven and Earth and 1994's Tenderness found great success with adult contemporary audiences. To commemorate the 20th year of his career, Jarreau released his first-ever compilation album, Best of Al Jarreau. The collection highlights 14 of Jarrreau's best-known songs alongside two new tracks produced by Jarreau's long-time friend, jazz giant George Duke.     

The January 2008 release, Love Songs, features many of Jarreau's biggest hits released from 1976 through 2006 including "After All", "Your Song", and "Teach Me Tonight".

Al Jarreau performs Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100, $50, $40, and $30, and are available now at the Touhill Performing Arts Center Ticket Office; online at http://www.touhill.org; or by phone at 314.516.4949; and toll-free at 866.516.4949. The Touhill's Ticket Office is located at One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121. All St. Louis area students receive a 10% discount on two tickets with their I.D. Group discounts are also available.

The Touhill Performing Arts Center is located on the north campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, just 10 minutes from Clayton. (Exit # 240 from I-70). There is ample free parking and the UMSL North Campus MetroLink Station is just steps from the Touhill's Main Entrance. Now in its sixth season of presenting the finest in the performing arts to the St. Louis region, the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center opened its doors in September 2003. The $52 million facility designed by Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, features the 1,625-seat Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall and the 350-seat E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater. The not-for-profit Center is the jewel of the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus and is the first impetus and focal point for creating an arts district for students at the University.

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