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BREAKING NEWS: AL JARREAU HOSPITALIZED IN FRANCE; RECOVERING WELL; PLANS TO RESUME TOUR

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Authorities say Al Jarreua is recuperating while hospitalized in Marrseille, France and plans to resume his tour. According to the singer’s official website, Aljarreau.com on July 21st Jarreau became ill prior to a concert scheduled in Barcelonette, a city located high in the mountains.  Al Jarreau at 2009 Capital Jazz Fest, Photo by: Kim Betton, SmoothJazzTimes.com   

The website said “Al became weak from the altitude and unfortunately was not able to perform the concert the next day.”   The site also reported Jarreau had been admitted to intensive care and it was later reported that he is doing very well while under going testing. 

UPDATES

THE LATEST AS OF JULY 28, 2010 FROM ALJARREAU.COM :

“AL JARREAU ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RESUME TOUR
07.28.10

Al Jarreau is relieved to announce plans to resume his concert tour on August 3. The concert that day will be in Hanau, Germany, at Amphitheatre Schloss Philippsruhe.

Mr. Jarreau now expects to complete the remainder of his Europe tour (Hanau and onward), and expects to be able to perform all other scheduled concerts in the USA, Japan, and elsewhere.

But, with great frustration, the singer has announced the cancellation of 3 more concerts prior to the Hanau date, following his doctors’ recommendation.

The cancelled dates are:
29 July Nuremberg, Germany, at Serenadenhof
30 July Gleisdorf, Austria, at Forum Kloster
31 July Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia, at Open Air Fest Zelena Voda

Ticketholders for these 3 cancelled concerts should contact their point of purchase – the venue box office or ticket agent.

On July 26, Al Jarreau’s medical team in Marseille performed a Catheter Ablation, to treat an arrhythmia that had recently developed. The procedure went just as the doctors hoped and expected. He moved out of the Intensive Care Unit later that day. He has been working hard to recover and prepare himself for his return to work.”

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PRESS STATEMENT RELEASED ON JULY 25, 2010 from ALJARREAU.COM:

“Al sends out a hello to all of his fans from Marseille, France. An official press release from his manager is below:

MARSEILLE, France‹ Grammy-award winning singer Al Jarreau has been transferred from the hospital in Gap, France to a Cardiac Center in Marseille for observation and recovery.

Mr. Jarreau will undergo a series of tests, and he will work to strengthen himself, while in the care of the renowned medical team in Marseille.  Mr. Jarreau hopes to resume his tour at the end of the coming week. Meanwhile, he has been quietly serenading the hospital staff to stay on point. 

Al would like to thank his fans for their kind wishes, support and understanding, which he has found completely heartwarming. He is grateful to the hospital personnel in Gap, and to the doctors and emergency medical workers in Barcelonette, for their compassionate and highest-quality medical care.”

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For more information on Al Jarreau’s health update and concert schedule visit:

http://www.aljarreau.com/

The SmoothJazzTimes.com team wishes Mr. Jarreau all the best!  Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

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