Photo Coverage: Inside Steve Tyrell's Opening Night at Cafe Carlyle
Last night Cafe Carlyle welcomed back GRAMMY Award-winner Steve Tyrell for a four-week engagement and BroadwayWorld was there for opening night. The renowned singer returns with a new show, One More For The Road, featuring a full set of Sinatra favorites in celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th birthday. It's a fitting tribute since it was actually a Sinatra song, "The Way You Look Tonight," that Tyrell sang in the 1991 movie, Father of the Bride, which launched his career as a singer. Years later, the Sinatra family handpicked Tyrell to perform "Fly Me To The Moon" at the Hollywood Bowl, with Quincy Jones conducting the orchestra, when the Chairman was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2005. Tyrell's ties to the Sinatra family remain tight as he was once again asked to host a three-hour celebration on Siriusly Sinatra on Frank's actual birthday, December 12. He will be live from Patsy's for Sirius XM radio, just as he did in 2014.
Performances will take place Tuesday - Saturday at 8:45pm with a Friday & Saturday late show at 10:45pm (no shows on December 2 & 25; no late shows on January 1 & 2). Reservations made by phone at 212.744.1600 are $125 ($175 for premium seating, $75 for bar seating) Tuesdays - Thursdays, Friday & Saturday late shows; and $150 ($200 for premium seating, $85 for bar seating) on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations made online at www.ticketweb.com are $135 ($190 for premium seating) Tuesdays - Thursdays, Friday & Saturday late shows; and $165 ($220 for premium seating) on Fridays and Saturdays. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).
Of last year's Café residency, Will Friedwald of Wall Street Journal declared, "whenever he sings, it feels like home." Joining Tyrell on stage will be musical director Quinn Johnson (piano), David Finck (bass), Bob Mann (guitar), Kevin Winard (drums), David Mann (saxophone) and Jon Allen (keyboards). This will be Tyrell's eleventh year performing in the revered holiday season slot, after taking over for the legendary Bobby Short in 2005. Steve Tyrell has performed on stages all over the world, and has played for several Heads of State including Presidents Bush and Clinton, the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, President Santos of Columbia, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and ArchbishopDesmond Tutu.
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is the definition of a renaissance man. In his nearly five decades in the music business, he has achieved success as a singer, producer, musical supervisor, and most recently, radio host.
His breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II helped Tyrell reinvent and re-popularize classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. His hits, "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Simple Life," "Crush On You," and "The Sunny Side of The Street," have launched millions of romances and been played at thousands of weddings and even been played in outer space to wake up the astronauts.
As an artist, all 9 of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 5 status on Billboard's Jazz charts. His first album, A New Standard, was amongst the best selling jazz albums for more than 5 years. Steve's latest album, That Lovin' Feeling, debuted in the Top 5. On it, he celebrates what he calls "the Great American Songbook 2," featuring seminal rock era classics penned by legendary songwriters, including Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka,Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber, among others. He teamed with Judith Hill of 20 Feet From Stardom, as well as Neil Sedaka, Bill Medley, and B.J. Thomas for duets that put a new spin on their signature songs.
In August 2015, Tyrell added radio host to his long line of credits. Every Monday thru Friday, he can be heard on "The Steve Tyrell Show," from 6PM to 9PM/PT on KJAZZ 88.1 in Los Angeles and online at jazzandblues.org.
With sold out shows across America and raves from around the world, his following increases day by day. Steve has had the pleasure of singing for Heads of State, including Presidents Bush and Clinton, Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Santos of Columbia, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In 2014, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales invited Steve and his band for a command performance at Buckingham Palace.
As for American royalty, the Sinatra family has long embraced Steve and his music. Together with Quincy Jones, they handpicked Steve to be the featured performer with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at their season opening concert in which Frank Sinatra was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Also at the request of the Sinatra family, he reprised that performance at Carnegie Hall. This was one of the rare times the family has reached into the vault of original Sinatra arrangements to share them with another artist.
Although Steve tours mainly with his band, he also enjoys playing with some of the most renowned orchestras in the world, and has had multiple performances with The Boston Pops, The New York Pops, The Nashville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and The Houston Symphony. He has appeared with the New West Symphony in Visions of America, narrated by Clint Eastwood, where he sang the songs of Roger Kellaway, as well as Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
In 2005, after the passing of the legendary Bobby Short, Steve was asked by New York City's Café Carlyle to take over their revered holiday season of November and December, which Mr. Short had not missed for 36 years.
Tyrell's work in the studio as a record producer has included collaborations with such diverse and legendary artists as Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt and Blood Sweat and Tears, among many others. He produced Woody Allen's classic comedy album, Woody Allen - Stand Up Comic, as well as an album with the late Andy Griffith, which won the Grammy in 1995 for Gospel Album of the Year.
As a music supervisor and music producer for film and TV, Tyrell has worked with such distinguished directors asSteven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nancy Meyers, Steven Soderbergh, Hugh Wilson, and Charles Shyer. His songs have been recorded by such revered artists as Ray Charles, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and Elvis Presley. His song, "How Do You Talk To An Angel," written and produced for Aaron Spelling's Fox television series The Heights, was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Top 100 Pop Charts.
Aside from being a GRAMMY Award winner, Tyrell is a Daytime Emmy Award winner and has earned two Prime Time Emmy nominations. He's also garnered three Ace Nominations, the 2004 American Society of Young Musician's "All That Jazz Award," a 2004 The Wellness Community "Human Spirit Award," a 2006 Society of Singers "Lifetime Achievement Award," 2008 Los Angeles Jazz Society's "Jazz Vocalist of the Year," and 2013 City of Hope's "Goodwill Ambassador Award." His productions have earned over 11 GRAMMY Awards themselves. The music he produced for the children's special, Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue, which aired on all three major networks simultaneously, was given a special certificate of recognition by the Emmys.
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