Steve Tyrell with special guest Diane Schuur
Thu, Nov 14 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents two of Jazz’s top Grammy Award-winning vocalists Steve Tyrell and Diane Schuur for four nights. Band members are Steve Tyrell (vocals), Diane Schuur (vocals), Quinn Johnson (piano), Kevin Winard (drums), Jon Allen (keyboard), Lyman Medeiros (bass), and Bob Mann (guitar). Set times Thursday through Sunday with second sets Friday and Saturday at 9:30p. Doors open at 5:30pm each night.
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In his four and a half decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. His current album, I’ll Take Romance (2012), was inspired by a conversation he had with President Bill Clinton. Tyrell told the Huffington Post, “Last year, former President Clinton told me that he danced to one of my songs with Chelsea at her wedding… he suggested that I make a wedding album. I told him that I thought it was a great idea... That's how I'll Take Romance was born.”
In addition to winning a Grammy, Tyrell has earned two Emmy nominations, 3 Ace Nominations, 2004 American Society of Young Musician’s “All That Jazz Award,” 2006 Society of Singers “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and 2008 Los Angeles Jazz Society’s “Jazz Vocalist of the Year.” All seven of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 5 status on Billboard’s Jazz charts, and his first album was amongst the best selling jazz albums for over 5 years.
Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and ‘60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur’s music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.
Diane is a Seattle native, as she grew up in Tacoma, Washington. Blind from birth and armed with the gift of perfect pitch, the talented and effervescent singer has earned the admiration of many of jazz’s greatest musicians. With an illustrious recording career that began in the 1980s, Schuur has received numerous awards including two Grammys: Timeless (1986) and Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra (1987). The recording with the Basie Orchestra spent an impressive 33 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz charts and received three Grammy nominations. She has proven her staying power with a steady flow of releases including Heart To Heart, a collaborative recording with B.B. King that entered the Billboard Jazz charts at No. 1.
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