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Musician Steve Tyrell Visits Houston Public Media

Tune in tonight at 7 p.m. for a live, in-studio interview.

Singer, songwriter and producer Steve Tyrell.

Steve Tyrell’s new DVD is titled “Coming Home,” which is fitting.

The singer-songwriter-producer’s long, winding career took him from an aspiring R&B performer in Houston to New York in the 1960s where he worked at Scepter Records with the likes of Burt Bacharach and his old friend B.J. Thomas. Tyrell would eventually settle in Los Angeles, where he lives today. A busy producer, Tyrell in 1991 stumbled into a second career as a standards singer when his version of “The Way You Look Tonight” was featured prominently in the film “Father of the Bride.” Tyrell has made numerous records since, including tributes to his mentor Bacharach and to Frank Sinatra. This year he also celebrates 10 years playing New York’s famed Cafe Carlyle, a December gig he picked up after the passing of longtime Carlyle mainstay Bobby Short.

Last year, Tyrell, 69, made an album of songs written by the legendary Sammy Cahn. Shortly before recording began, he returned to these parts and filmed a career-spanning concert at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. “Coming Home” is the resulting DVD, which is more than a performance DVD. It also touches on Tyrell’s career, particularly his early years in Houston.

This week he comes home again for a performance at Jones Hall. It’s billed as a Steve Tyrell & Friends show, with guests, including trumpeter Lew Soloff, singer/pianist Diane Schuur and singer Judith Hill. Further making the show a homecoming: Music will be by the Houston Symphony.