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Cheyenne Jackson and Bettye LaVette to Take the Stage at Café Carlyle This Winter Season

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Dec 23, 2014 04:15 PM EST

Café Carlyle, based out of the Carlyle Hotel, presents January and February line-ups featuring singer and actor Cheyenne Jackson and songstress Bettye LaVette.

Jackson's two-week engagement, Eyes Wide Open, will be the performer's Café Carlyle debut and open the winter season from Jan. 13 to 24. Eyes Wide Open will take a personal and humorous look at loss, love, revelation and recovery with music ranging from Louis Armstrong to Lady Gaga.

Cheyenne Jackson’s stage credits include The Performers, Damn Yankees and Xanadu with television appearances on 30 Rock, Glee, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ugly Betty and film work including Love Is Strange, United 93 and Lola Versus.

The New York Times has praised Jackson, who has twice sold out Carnegie Hall, for his “gleaming timbre and stamina to burn.” Jackson was recently nominated for a Grammy Award within the Best Musical Theater Album category for his contribution to West Side Story. At the Carlyle, Jackson will be joined by his musical director Willy Beaman.

LaVette, who is returning to Café Carlyle with a new show and new CD, will showcase her inimitable style, gut-wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five-decade career, as well as the world premiere of selections from her new album Worthy.

The album, which will be released by Cherry Red Jan. 27, features reflective, visceral interpretations of classic tracks by Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, among others.

LaVette “now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer,” according to Jon Pareles of The New York Times. With five decades of recording and performing to sold-out venues all over the globe, she is an undisputed, world-class interpreter of any genre of song.

At the Carlyle, she will be appearing with her Detroit band, which consists of musical director Alan Hill (keyboards, backing vocals), Darryl Pierce (drums), Brett Lucas (guitar, backing vocals) and James Simonson (bass, backing vocals). She will be performing from Jan. 27 through Feb. 7.

To purchase tickets for either event, click here.

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