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A CD launch party blows the roof off of a Memorial mansion: A local TV news star jumps in to sing too

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News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Rose Carrabba, Steve Tyrell, Johnny Carrabba  June 2013
Rose Carrabba, Steve Tyrell and Johnny Carrabba at "grandmother's" stove where the Carrabba tradition began. Photo by Shelby Hodge
18 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Joe Sample, Steve Tyrell
Joe Sample, left, and Steve Tyrell jamming at Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Janet Gurwitch, Sally Salners, Susanne Dawley  June 2013
Sally Salners, Janet Gurwitch and Susanne Dawley at Steve Tyrel's CD launch party. Photo by Shelby Hodge
13 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Joe Sample, Scott Gertner
Joe Sample, left, and Scott Gertner at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco, Lesha Elsenbrook  June 2013
Ellie and Michael Francisco with Lesha Elsenbrook at Steve Tyrell's CD launch party. Photo by Shelby Hodge
19 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Steve Tyrell, Deborah Duncan
Steve Tyrell and Deborah Duncan performing at his CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Vince Kickerillo, Mary Kickerillo, Kelli Forester, Todd Forester
Vincent and Mary Kickerillo, left, with Kelli and Todd Forester at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Jana Roper, Cara Cox, Bryn Basiardanes
Jana Roper, from left, Cara Cox and Bryn Basiardanes at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Dave Ward, Tony Mandola
Dave Ward, left, and Tony Mandola at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Johnny Carrabba , Roz Pactor, Steve Tyrell
Johnny Carrabba, from left, Roz Pactor and Steve Tyrell at his CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Phyllis Mandola and Tony Mandola, Terry Simon and Debbie Simon
Phyllis and Tony Mandola, left, with Terry and Debbie Simon at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Sherry Gift, Chip Gift
Sherry and Chip Gift at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Jake O'Brien, Angela Sturm
Jake O'Brien and Angela Sturm at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Atticus Lyon, Carolyn Farb, Gabe Canales
Atticus Lyon, from left, Carolyn Farb and Gabe Canales at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Jessica Davenport, Robert Davenport
Jessica and Robert Davenport at Steve Tyrell’s CD launch party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Susan Christian, Steve Tyrell, Laura Spanjian June 2013
Susan Christian, Steve Tyrell and Laura Spanjian at his CD launch party. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Rose Carrabba, Steve Tyrell, Johnny Carrabba  June 2013
18 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Joe Sample, Steve Tyrell
News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Janet Gurwitch, Sally Salners, Susanne Dawley  June 2013
13 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Joe Sample, Scott Gertner
News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco, Lesha Elsenbrook  June 2013
19 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Steve Tyrell, Deborah Duncan
11 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Vince Kickerillo, Mary Kickerillo, Kelli Forester, Todd Forester
10 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Jana Roper, Cara Cox, Bryn Basiardanes
15 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Dave Ward, Tony Mandola
1 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Johnny Carrabba , Roz Pactor, Steve Tyrell
9 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Phyllis Mandola and Tony Mandola, Terry Simon and Debbie Simon
5 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Sherry Gift, Chip Gift
4 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Jake O'Brien, Angela Sturm
8 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Atticus Lyon, Carolyn Farb, Gabe Canales
12 Steve Tyrell CD launch party June 2013 Jessica Davenport, Robert Davenport
News Shelby Steve Tyrell party, Susan Christian, Steve Tyrell, Laura Spanjian June 2013

In keeping with the spirit of his new CD It's Magic, The Songs of Sammy Cahn, there could not have been a more magical evening this summer than Steve Tyrell's CD launch party hosted by the songman's cousin, Johnny Carrabba, and his sister, fashion blogger Roz Pactor.

Close to 100 fortunate friends and family were invited to Carrabba's vast French chateau-inspired home in the Memorial area for cocktails, Carrabba's (the restaurant) yummy party foods and drink and a jam session that was out of this world. There was plenty of reason to celebrate as the CD debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Jazz chart.

After signing CDs and posing for photos with just about every guest in the heavy-hitter gathering, Tyrell joined his musicians in the two-story high living room where he entertained with a handful of tunes including "It's Magic." 

Surprises were in store when he introduced Houston native, famed jazz pianist Joe Sample,  who tore up the keyboard of the electric piano and then played back-up for "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Kansas City." Channel 11's Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan, with a formidable voice of her own, joined Tyrell for "Kansas City," which she neatly transformed into "Texas City."

Another surprise in the mix, but not joining in the jam session, was Houston-based singer/club owner Scott Gertner.

Toe-tapping and swaying to the tunes were plenty of cousins — Camella and Pete Chiara, Nash D'Amico, Bessanne and Johnny Maida — plus Tyrell's nieces, Crystin Pactor and Nicole Pactor Graham, and Carrabba's parents, Rose and Johnny Carrabba.

They probably didn't need a tour of the grand residence but Carrabba invited all to check it out including the kitchen where his grandmother's stove, completely refurbished, is displayed museum-style in a lighted cove. Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport and Ellie and Michael Francisco were among those blown away by the pool terrace which could have been straight from a Hollywood mogul movie.

The high-profile crowd included philanthropists Ginger and Jack Blanton, Alan Pactor, Channel 13 news anchor Dave Ward, the City of Houston's Susan Christian and Laura Spanjian, homebuilder Vincent Kickerillo and wife Mary, Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester, Laura Mercier Cosmetics founder Janet Gurwitch, More Than You Can Imagine owner Vicki Rizzo, Blue Cure founder Gabe Canales, Houston magazine publisher Peter Remington and Social Book forces Scott Evans and Jeff Henry.

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