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My View: Bill, Hillary, Mike, Henry, and 500,000 Voted for Tyrell at Cafe Carlyle

For the last fifteen years, since he took over Bobby Short’s previous 35 year run of the coveted Cafe Carlyle holiday engagement spot, politicians, celebrities, and about 500,000 of the public have been gathering at the legendary Carlyle Hotel to hear Steve Tyrell sing the songs we love.  Last year Michael Bloomberg and Henry Kissinger came to Steve’s opening, and who can forget the night that Bill and Hillary Clinton were in the audience on one of their first nights out after the election.  It happened during one of Steve’s signature songs  ”That’s Life”. When Tyrell reached the line “pick yourself up and get back in the race” he pointed to Hillary and the Cafe Carlyle crowd went wild.  Steve has played for Royalty and Heads of State.  I doubt he will reach the 35 year mark ( he started a bit late) or that his name will be added to the Bobby Short street sign on Madison and 76th street to read Short/Tyrell Intersection, but his musical accomplishments will surely go down in the Hotel’s archives.

Michael Bloomberg, Henry Kissinger, Steve Tyrell

Grammy Award-winner and two-time Emmy nominee Steve Tyrell celebrates his 15th anniversary performing in the Café Carlyle’s revered holiday slot with an all-new show, Holidays at the Carlyle, November 27-December 31. Holidays at the Carlyle will feature selections from Steve Tyrell’s newly expanded Back to Bacharach album, his 2018 #1 album, A Song For You, as well as various favorites from the Great American Songbook including songs he has performed in major motion pictures, and of course, holiday classics.

Bobby Short & Steve Tyrell

The New York Times declared, “Mr. Tyrell is a terrific storyteller… his sizable voice filters Louis Armstrong through Ray Charles and Dr. John.” Ten of his 11 albums have achieved top-five status on Billboard’s Traditional Pop Charts, with his most recent, A Song For You reaching #1 earlier this year. In October, Steve Tyrell will release a 21-song extended edition of his 2008 chart-topper Back to Bacharach. The album, a homage to Tyrell’s friend and mentor, Burt Bacharach, features seven additional Bacharach classics.

Steve Tyrell has appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The Talk, The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Day NY, Good Day LA, and Tavis Smiley, among many other national television shows. His music and his production set the backdrop for a myriad of movies, including Father of the Bride (Parts I and II), Something’s Gotta Give, The Informant, and An American Tail. He is also featured in this year’s documentary, Always at the Carlyle.

Performances will take place Tuesday – Thursday at 8:45pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:45pm and 10:45pm. Weekday pricing begins at $135 per person / Bar Seating: $90 / Premium Seating: $185. Weekend pricing begins at $160 per person / Bar Seating: $100 / Premium Seating: $210 (No show on Christmas Day; NYE special pricing TBD, book directly through the hotel). Reservations can be made by phone at 212.744.1600 or online via Ticketweb. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

Steve Tyrell

Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell “brings a touch of Texas grit to the Great American Songbook,” this according to the San Francisco Chronicle. That makes sense since Tyrell hails from the Lone Star State. He was just 19 when he left Houston and headed to New York to begin his career in the music business. Since then he has achieved great success as a singer, producer, musical supervisor, and 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. NASA took a particular liking to his iconic version of “The Sunny Side of The Street,” and used it to wake up the astronauts in outer space!

As an artist, 10 of 11 of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 5 status on Billboard’s Jazz charts, including his #1 smash album, A Song For You, which was released earlier this year and features songs by Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and Leon Russell, among others. His album, The Disney Standards, landed in the Top 10. His first album, A New Standard, was among the best-selling jazz albums for more than 5 years.

Steve Tyrell
Steve Tyrell
Steve Tyrell, Loston Harris, Stephen Sorokoff
Dick Robinson, Stephen Sorokoff, Steve Tyrell

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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