RIP Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell, passed away Sunday night at a New York City hotel, aged 73. The jazz guitar legend was known as "The Godfather Of Fusion," with a career spanning five decades.

Coryell's recordings in the late 1960s — first with his band the Free Spirits, then with the Gary Burton Quartet and finally as a bandleader — hailed the rise of jazz-rock fusion, and contributed to the evolution of the genre.

Larry Coryell is survived by his wife, Tracey, daughters Annie and Allegra, sons Murali and Julian, and six grandchildren.

RIP Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau passed away the morning of Sunday, February 12, 2017, aged 76. The jazz legend had announced his retirement from touring only days before being hospitalized for exhaustion. In a statement from manager Joe Gordon:

Dear friends, family and colleagues,

Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 5:30am LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by Ryan, Susan, and a few of his family and friends.

Ryan and Susan will hold a small, private service at home, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet, but I will inform you if that changes.

Ryan asks that no flowers or gifts are send to their home or office. Instead, if you are motivated to do so, please make 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 list 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 in October.

The seven-time Grammy Award winning Jarreau is survived by his wife, Susan, and his son, Ryan. 

Monday Night Jazz Jam

highres_433978856The First Monday of every month, 7 pm – 10:30 pm at Bar Louie – Dr. Philips. No cover and plenty of free parking. Music starts @ 7:30 pm. ARRIVE EARLY. ALWAYS A PACKED HOUSE.

Numerous top musicians and vocalists, some internationally known. Featuring Joseph Jevanni (keyboards), Miss Jacqueline Jones (vocals), Don Black (Co-founder, sax), and many, many more. Hosted by Yvonne Coleman, Co-founder and Radio Personality Jazzy103.com.

About BAR LOUIE: Great food, great people, great ambiance, and a sophisticated, casual atmosphere. Plenty of seating and a patio with an outdoor fire pit. Happy Hour: 4 pm – 7 pm. The Monday Night Jazz Jam has been providing top entertainment and supporting numerous charities since August 2008. As a part of “Louie Loves,” 20% of net sales will be donated to our charity for the month, “The Steinway Piano Society’s program for Underpriviledged Youth.”

Bar Louie is easily found at I-4 at Turkey Lake and West Sand Lake Roads in the Rialto Plaza; 7335 West Sand Lake Road, Suite 101; (407) 608-5190.