RIP Al Jarreau

It’s sad to say goodbye to you, dear Al Jarreau.

I have learned so much from you since the first day of the Montreux Academy: to listen out to each other and accept each other with love also when there are “apparently huge” differences in character, culture and musical taste.

Your generosity, passion and loving spirit touched me in a way I will never forget! The clear manner in how you pointed out that our music matters in a concrete way to touch and change the people who listen to us I take with me as a great maxim and model to look at and aspire to!

What you gave and continue to give us cannot be expressed in words, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for each laugh, memory and quirky expression I was lucky to hear in your company!!!

We will keep going!!!