Photo Coverage: Bettye LaVette Plays Cafe Carlyle
Café Carlyle will welcomed back iconic R&B songstress Bettye LaVette last night for a two-week engagement, January 27-February 7, where she will showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career, as well as the world premiere of selections from her new album, Worthy.The album, which Cherry Red releases on January 27, features Bettye's reflective, visceral interpretations of classic tracks by Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones amongst others.
Performances will take place Tuesday - Saturday at 8:45pm. Reservations made by phone at 212.744.1600 are $85 ($135 for premium seating, $45 for bar seating) Tuesday - Thursday; and $95 ($145 for premium seating, $55 for bar seating) on Friday and Saturday. Reservations made online atwww.ticketweb.com are $80 ($130 for premium seating) Tuesday - Thursday; and $90 ($140 for premium seating) on Friday and Saturday. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).
LaVette "now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation's most vital soul singer," according to Jon Pareles of The New York Times. With five decades of recording and performing to sold out venues all over the globe, she is an undisputed world-class interpreter of any genre of song. At the Carlyle, she will be appearing with her Detroit band which consists of musical director Alan Hill (keyboards, backing vocals), Darryl Pierce (drums), Brett Lucas (guitar, backing vocals) and James Simonson (bass, backing vocals).
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Allan Hill & Bettye Lavette
Lady Jane Rothchild