There is a tree on the street and in the forest.
Lavender dream whispered a poet.
Bright potpourri. The envy of orchids,
When it's dressed in a pink and fuchsia twine.
Jacaranda tree and the Bougainvillea vine.

Oh Mandela, that garden that you made,
Is a vision of the prayer, you must've been prayin' everyday.
Sweet Azaleas, every color every kind.
And the first and the last are all divine.

It could also be a metaphor for Jarreau's music, which has managed to weave different influences into a popular whole. A cross-over artist, he has won five Grammies, including Best Vocalist in three categories: jazz, pop, and R&B.

There is a dream of the trees and of the flowers.
There is a season of peace at the borderline...
Where we're redeemed and history will crown us.
Jacaranda tree and Bougainvillea vine.

Growing up in Milwaukee, Jarreau was a good student and a talented athlete. A degree in psychology and a master's in vocational rehabilitation led him to San Francisco, where he took a job as a rehabilitation counselor. But he had always sung, and a gig with George Duke's trio soon set him on a path to full-time musicianhood. Stints in New York and L.A. led to his discovery by a talent scout for Warner Brothers, where he was signed to a contract in the mid-'70s. More than 25 years later, he is still topping the jazz charts, touring, and performing with boundless energy. On Friday and Saturday, Jarreau brings his unique blend of pop, scat, and body percussion to the Majestic as a featured performer of the San Antonio Symphony's pop series.

Oh Mandela, would you say that it's all right?
When the children play they always say, they say that we were like
Cinderella, in your garden there's a shrine,
To the first and the last they're all divine.

Jarreau also performs on the humanitarian front. Concerned about the diversion of public funds away from education, he is a spokesperson for the Verizon Reading Literacy Program, which raises awareness and money for local and national literacy programs.

One and all, big and small, a common birth.
Each and every child for all his worth.
Take the one who's always last and make him first.
Take these seeds. Seed the earth.

Comin' along,
Oh what a long way we have come ...


8pm Friday, January 24 & Saturday, January 25
Majestic Theatre
224 East Houston
554-1010 (box office)



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