Al Jarreau at Paris Las Vegas

Nov 13, 2001 3:30 AM

Five-time Grammy award winner, Al Jarreau, one of the most widely recognized and sophisticated vocalists in contemporary music, holds the distinction of being the only singer to win best vocalist awards in three different categories-jazz, pop and R&B. On Friday and Saturday, Jarreau will perform at 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 and can be purchase at the Paris Box Office or by calling (702) 946-4567 or (877) 374-7469.

The unique vocal style of Al Jarreau is one of the world’s great natural resources. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time, winning five Grammy’s, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.

Early in his career Jarreau performed in a San Francisco-based trio led by pianist George Duke and then played a series of solo gigs in Los Angeles and New York. Warner Brothers signed him to a recording contract in 1975. His debut was the acclaimed We Got By, which was followed the next year by the equally impressive Glow.

But his career breakthrough came in 1977 when he released Look to the Rainbow, which earned the vocalist his first Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. He duplicated the feat the next year with All Fly Home. In 1981, his hit We’re In This Love Together not only went platinum in sales but it also netted him his third jazz vocal Grammy as well as his first Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocalist.

Jarreau recorded several hit albums throughout the 80s and 90s (including 1992’s “Heaven and Earth,” which received a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance).

In recent years, Jarreau has continued to perform in concert halls worldwide. In addition, he has worked with symphony orchestras, singing the music to Bach pieces as well as several of his own tunes rendered in a classical mode. Plus, he has recorded the music of renowned 20th century composer Lou Harrison with the California Symphony.