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Steve Tyrell at Cafe Carlyle

Steve Tyrell at Cafe Carlyle

By: Will Friedwald

The Café Carlyle

35 E 76th Street, (212) 744-1600

Through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Most of us know Steve Tyrell through the movies (his appearances in the two “Father of the Bride” films) and his long string of best-selling albums (the latest is last year’s “That Lovin’ Feeling”). Which is somewhat ironic, in that Mr. Tyrell is essentially a live performer: the films and recordings can hardly be expected to capture the special chemistry he has with audiences, especially in the microscopically intimate space of the Carlyle, where he has been holding forth as the big ticket attraction for the last 12 holiday seasons. His deep Texas accent is raspy yet mellow, equal parts Dr. John and Dean Martin, and the arrangements, by the astute Alan Broadbent and various members of his band (Jon Allen, Quinn Johnson, David Finck, Bob Mann, Dave Mann, Kevin Winard) are deceptively easy on the ear and harmonically rich. (There’s a re-arrangement of the semi-nonsensical “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” that’s surprisingly profound.) Yet, more than anything, it’s his warm, engaging personality that keeps the sold-out crowds coming back– you get the feeling that nobody would mind if he just sat there for an hour telling stories about his two favorite subjects, the music industry and the New York Yankees. 

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR, and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, October 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)