Singer Al Jarreau in hospital
Published 23/07/2010 | 19:47
Grammy-award winning singer Al Jarreau is in intensive care in a French hospital after suffering breathing problems in the Alps, forcing him to cancel four concerts.
Jarreau's manager, Joe Gordon, said the 70-year-old "is awake and he's concerned" about missing the concerts. Apparently to cheer him up, the doctors did a little dance, Mr Gordon said.
"He's only cancelled one concert (due) to his health in his entire career," Mr Gordon, who was at Jarreau's side, said. But he also said "it was life-threatening" and "he's doing well, considering".
Mr Gordon said Thursday's concert at a jazz festival in the French mountain town of Barcelonnette, in the southern Alps, was cancelled in the middle of his warm-up routine.
"We cancelled the concert as a precaution because he wasn't feeling good," the manager said.
The director of the jazz festival, Xavier Fribourg, said that Jarreau was evacuated by helicopter just before the start of the concert.
A note on Jarreau's official website said the world-acclaimed singer was in "good spirits" and "looking forward to getting back out on the road". The note said he would perform in Nuremberg, Germany, next Thursday as scheduled.
"We hope to be able to do that," the manager said.
Jarreau "decided to take precautionary measures and admit himself into the hospital after his body did not adjust normally to mountain altitude", the website note said. He was taken to the intensive care unit in the city of Gap, the hospital said.
"Upon medical advice, (he) was advised not to perform to allow him time to recover," Marshall Arts Ltd, his British agent, said in a statement.