Steve Tyrell & Friends
Singer/producer Steve Tyrell grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward. (“I was the only white guy around for miles,” he jokes.) His neighborhood friends included other budding musicians, among them Houston Music Hall of Fame inductee Joe Sample.
Tyrell’s parents were fans of Frank Sinatra, but he was into rhythm and blues. That changed when an already established Tyrell was asked to produce a song for the soundtrack to the 1991 comedy Father of the Bride. Tyrell sang an emotional version of “The Way You Look Tonight” and his career as the new standard bearer of the Great American Songbook was born. “That was the first standard I ever sang,” Tyrell says. It was not, thankfully, his last.
The Houston Symphony presents Steve Tyrell & Friends, a one-night show featuring the Grammy® Award-winning Tyrell and guests singer/pianist Diane Schuur, trumpeter Lew Soloff and singer Judith Hill. (Tyrell had hoped Sample, godfather of Tyrell’s son and still a close friend, would be able to appear as one of the Friends from the show’s title, but that wasn’t possible.) The program includes “You’re So Nice to Come Home To,” “Bewitched,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and, of course, the song that started it all, “The Way You Look Tonight.”
Tyrell has appeared with the Houston Symphony before, and says performing with a large orchestra allows him to recreate the lush, full music heard on the soundtracks he has recorded. “With a big orchestra, you can sound just the way it does in the movies. You can’t get that kind of sound from six guys in a nightclub,” he says, laughing.
7:30 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. $29 to $129.
Thu., March 13, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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