For many music lovers, Steve Tyrell is the voice of romance. The Grammy Award-winning modern day crooner returns to Cabaret Jazz this coming Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. Both performances start at 7:00 p.m. with pre-show bar service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Tyrell has been at the forefront of American pop music since the mid-1960s. At the age of nineteen, he became a producer in New York City, where he worked alongside the legendary Burt Bacharach and Hal David on hits including “The Look of Love” and “Alfie,” the title song from the 1966 film starring Michael Caine. A couple of years later, Tyrell participated in an even bigger cinematic song smash with “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” The Bacharach-David tune, which was sung by B.J. Thomas, won the 1969 Oscar Award for Best Original Song from its memorable use inButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The scene – in which Newman kindles a love affair with the help of a bicycle – is one of cinema history’s most respected instances of the seamless integration of musical and visual aesthetics.
Two decades later, another film soundtrack catapulted Tyrell into a wider public eye, this time as a vocalist. His version of “The Way You Look” was a defining part moment in the 1991 classic Father of the Bride. A highlight of the work, the song played over a scene where Steve Martin, as the titular father, watches his newly married daughter, portrayed by Kimberly Williams, and his wife, played by Diane Keaton, from afar at the wedding reception. It’s a gorgeous few moments made unforgettable by Tyrell’s gravelly yet tender singing style.
Following on the success of the Father of the Bride soundtrack, Tyrell has released eleven albums, including Back to Bacharach and Songs of Sinatra. His brand new release, That Lovin’ Feeling, is an amazing collection of songs minted in the Brill Building era of the 1960s. It includes guest musicians such as Dave Koz, Neil Sedaka and the incomparable Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers fame. Tyrell’s albums consistently reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Jazzcharts.
In his years of producing and performing, Tyrell has worked with alumni of The Smith Center, including Bacharach, Koz, Chris Botti and Martina McBride. It’s interesting to note that Tyrell has also teamed up in the past with Frank Sinatra Jr., who will perform June 20 in Reynolds Hall with Sinatra Sings Sinatra – The Centennial Celebration. The multimedia production will honor “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” one of the greatest music stars of all time.
Through the years, Tyrell has worked with many other entertainers who are popular with Las Vegas audiences, including Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Bonnie Raitt, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder (who is headed back to town this fall as the marquee act at the Life is Beautiful festival).
Tyrell’s artistic expertise has led to numerous accolades. He won a Grammy Award for Best Southern Gospel Albumwith Andy Griffith, the treasured American actor, for 1995’s I Love to Tell the Story – 25 Timeless Hymns. He has been awarded a Daytime Emmy, too.
During Tyrell’s upcoming nights in Cabaret Jazz, he will perform a host of outstanding compositions originally made famous by Bacharach, Carole King, Leiber and Stoller, the Drifters, the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers and the lateBen E. King, in addition to others.
As always in “Cab Jazz,” delicious light bites and beverage service will be available during Tyrell’s shows.
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