Jazz singer AL JARREAU has been in ill health for the last few months. He’s had spells in hospital and he was forced to cancel his appearance at a Jazz Cruise.

Now, in the week that Aretha Franklin has suggested that she’s set to retire, Jarreau has officially announced his retirement from live work. His management have posted: “Al Jarreau is receiving excellent medical care, responding to treatments and improving slowly. The medical team has instructed that he cannot perform any of his remaining 2017 concert dates. Therefore, with complete sorrow, Al Jarreau must retire from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of travelling the world in ministry through music and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians and so many others who supported his effort.”