Al Jarreau to perform in New Orleans for benefit

November 18, 2011 7:21:56 AM PST
Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau will perform in New Orleans at a concert benefiting Xavier University, one of the nation's only historically black and Roman Catholic colleges.

This will be the fourth year a concert has been held for the Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund, a program named after the university's president. The fund allows deserving students to earn a college degree regardless of their finances.

The concert is scheduled for Friday night. The first such concert was held three years ago to commemorate Francis' 40th anniversary as Xavier's president.

Besides Jarreau -- who has won Grammy awards in jazz, pop and R&B -- New Orleans native and 1980 Xavier graduate John Boutte is also scheduled to perform.