Al Jarreau Thrills Audiences at Breakfast with Gary & Kelly

Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 2:15pm to Friday, December 20, 2013 - 2:15pm

Mission Viejo, CA --On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Saddleback College’s radio station KSBR 88.5FM and the City of Mission Viejo presented seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau at the McKinney Theatre located on the campus of Saddleback College.  Jarreau appeared on KSBR Radio’s “Breakfast with Gary and Kelly” radio on TV taping to a crowd of around 350 attendees.  The three-hour broadcast was live on the radio. The television broadcast will air on the City of Mission Viejo’s MVTV Channel 30 Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. and also on Saddleback College’s SCTV Channel 39 Friday and Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. throughout the Cox Communication cable system in South Orange County.

During the one-hour interview, Jarreau told stories of his career, how he started in San Francisco teaming up with Jazz great George Duke, making his first album, and his love of music.  He especially talked to the students in the crowd encouraging them to learn all they can and experience other forms of music and inspiring them to live their dreams.  Jarreau also wowed the crowd singing five songs and giving the audience a peek into his music-making “scat” abilities with Larry Williams accompanying him on piano.  Williams has been with Jarreau for more than 30 years, and has played with George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, Paul McCartney, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson and Sheila E.

After the show, Jarreau stayed 90 minutes signing autographs and posing for photos with guests who waited in line; talking to each person and making that connection with those who love his music. There was also KSBR merchandise for sale outside the McKinney Theatre along with a big screen TV for the live broadcast as well as coffee and muffins provided by “It’s a Grind” in Mission Viejo. Around 40 volunteers and staff made the event possible.

Other guests appearing on Breakfast with Gary and Kelly that morning were Bart McHenry, Dean of Fine Arts and Media Technology for Saddleback College and Mission Viejo Mayor Rhonda Reardon.  McHenry talked about the different programs available for students of the Fine Arts Division from music to theatre while Reardon shared with the audience her charitable program that helps keeps children and teens away from prescription drugs.

Breakfast with Gary and Kelly will welcome next month saxophonist Eric Marienthal who is one of the most respected and versatile musical talents on the scene today.  His long and distinguished career has included stints with legends Al Hirt and Chick Corea.   Breakfast with Gary and Kelly will return to the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo for the December 14, 2013 broadcast. For information visit www.KSBR.org.

Past guests on “Breakfast with Gary and Kelly” have included Debbie Reynolds, Linda Evans, David Benoit, Peter White, Diane Schuur, Keiko Matsui, Rick Braun, Paul Brown, Bill Cantos, Brian Culbertson, Nick Colionne, Spencer Day, and more. Gary and Kelly have conducted numerous remote broadcasts from locations all over Southern California, including the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach and Catalina Island.

KSBR is a community service of Saddleback College. The program continues the partnership between Saddleback College and the City of Mission Viejo. For more information on the Radio on TV monthly series and how to become part of the audience for this very special December 14th show, please tune to 88.5 KSBR or visit their website at www.KSBR.org

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/artsaljarreau_on_gary_and_kelly1.jpg