Al Jarreau

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This weekend we lost one of our most popular jazz vocalists of all times–Alwin Lopez Jarreau, better known as Al Jarreau. He was born on March 12, 1940, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and died in Los Angeles on Sunday. He will surely be missed. We’ve been celebrating his life all week, but we know that all jazz musicians, as well as the rest of us, have to eventually go home.

Speaking of going home, what is the name of the famous cemetery in the Bronx that Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Clark Terry are buried in?

The answer is Woodlawn Cemetary. Not only are these jazz greats buried here, but also
W.C. Handy, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Illinois Jacquet, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Max Roach and Joe “King” Oliver. unknown

But what about the greatest jazz trumpeter of all times Louis Armstrong. Isn’t he buried in Woodlawn Cemetery? The answer is no. Originally, he thought he’d be buried in his hometown of New Orleans. But when he returned to his hometown after a triumphant tour, the city fathers would not allow him to play with his good friend Jack ‘the Tailgate Teagarden’ because they didn’t believe in Blacks and Whited playing together. He was so mad that he promised he’d never return to his hometown. He spent the rest of his life in Corona, Queens, New York. When he finally died, he was buried in Flushing Cemetery in Queens New York.

th-1For lovers of ii-V-I: A JassOdyssey, make sure you read Book one and look out for a character named Jarreau Lopez. He can’t sing, but he sure knows how to get his point across.

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