Tickets for Steve Tyrell are $30, with a discount for seniors, faculty and staff. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Rockwell Hall Box Office, 1300 Elmwood Ave. or by calling 716-878-3005 or online at www.buffalostate.edu/pac. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A 40-year veteran of the music industry, Steve Tyrell is best known for his work as a composer, producer and music supervisor for movie soundtracks. With production credit on such hits as Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid's Oscar-winning anthem, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Hooked On A Feeling," and a writing credit on the Grammy-winning smash, "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail under his belt, Tyrell's career as a vocalist evolved naturally from his work in the movie industry.
In fact, many music fans were introduced to Steve Tyrell via the movies, specifically, the 1991 Steve Martin hit Father of the Bride, in which he appeared and performed ”The Way You Look Tonight” on the soundtrack, and its 1995 sequel Father of the Bride Part II which contained his soundtrack recordings of “Give Me the Simple Life” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” This led to A New Standard, Tyrell’s aptly titled first album of standards, which was released on Atlantic in 1999. Peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard jazz chart, the album stayed there an incredible 84-week span and topped the Billboard Jazz catalog chart for another 100-plus weeks.
A New Standard’s success paved the way for a follow-up set, Standard Time, which was Tyrell’s 2001 Columbia label debut album. Reaching No. 2 in its second week of release, the album remained highly ensconced on the jazz charts more than two full years later. He suitably followed it with the release of This Time of the Year, an album of Christmas and holiday classics that stayed in the Top 5. In Billboard’s 2002 Year in Music Edition Steve Tyrell was the number 3 best-selling male jazz vocalist behind Tony Bennett and Harry Connick, Jr.
Steve Tyrell’s album This Guy’s In Love (2003) continued the traditional jazz standard bearer’s remarkable return to the artistic side of an extensive career in music. His latest releases include Songs of Sinatra, a tribute to the Sinatra songbook and Steve Tyrell: The Disney Standards--classic Disney songs produced in the standards style. With his honey-soaked vocals, Tyrell has become the new standard bearer for the great American songbook, and — in the process — reminds us why these songs never go out of style.
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