Through the generosity of Jim Houston and Patricia Bosley, the McCallum Theatre and CV 104.3’s Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald present Steve Tyrell, as part of the Fitz’s Jazz Café series, on Tuesday, March 13, at 8:00pm. Known for his rich voice and unique phrasings, Steve has been a McCallum Theatre regular for more than fifteen years.
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, songwriter, producer, music supervisor, and most recently, radio host.
His breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II helped Steve 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, including Chelsea Clinton’s!
As an artist, all nine of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 5 status on Billboard’s Jazz charts. His first album, A New Standard, was among the best-selling jazz albums for more than five years. Steve’s 2015 album, That Lovin’ Feeling, debuted in the Top 5 and celebrated what he calls the Great American Songbook 2, featuring rock era classics penned by legendary songwriters, including Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, among others. Steve’s latest CD, A Song For You, was just released in early February.
In 2015, Steve added radio host to his credits. Every Monday through Friday, he hosts “The Steve Tyrell Show,” from 5-8:00pm on KJAZZ 88.1 in Los Angeles, and online at jazzandblues.org.
Steve has performed for Heads of State, including Presidents Bush and Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Santos of Colombia, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In 2014, Prince Charles 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, among many others.
In 2005, after the passing of the legendary Bobby Short, Steve was asked by New York City’s Cafe Carlyle to take over the holiday season of November and December, which Mr. Short had not missed for 36 years.
Steve’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, Blood Sweat and Tears, Mary J Blige, Chris Botti, Dave Koz, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, and many others. He produced Woody Allen’s comedy album, Woody Allen – Stand Up Comic, as well as an album with Andy Griffith, which won the 1995 Grammy for Gospel Album of the Year.
As a music supervisor and music producer for film and TV, Steve has worked with such distinguished directors as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nancy Meyers, Steven Soderbergh, Charles Shyer, and Hugh Wilson. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel,” written and produced for the Fox television series “The Heights,” was a #1 hit on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Charts.
Aside from being a Grammy® Award winner, Steve is a Daytime Emmy winner and has earned two Prime Time Emmy nominations. He’s also garnered three Ace Nominations, the 2004 American Society of Young Musicians 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. 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.
Though Steve was born and raised in Texas, he has called Los Angeles home for more than 30 years. The production he cherishes most is his ever-expanding family
Tickets for this performance are $87, $77, $57 and $47. Tickets are available at the Theatre’s website at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.