Alexa Ray Joel Lands Cafe Carlyle ResidencyBy: Shana Norris - March 5, 2014
Alexa Ray Joel, the 28-year-old daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, will perform at Cafe Carlyle on Manhattan’s Upper East Side April 1-12.
The lounge is located inside New York City’s Carlyle Hotel, where musical greats such as Judy Collins, Sutton Foster, Bobby Short, and Elaine Stritch have performed. Woody Allen and the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band are currently playing Monday nights, a show that will continue until June 16.
Joel’s famous father, six-time Grammy winner Billy Joel, is doing a residency of his own in New York City. He’s playing once-a-month, open-ended shows in Madison Square Garden.
“I have no idea how long this is going to go,” the native New Yorker said. “What was I thinking?”
Billy Joel’s shows are sold out through November, and tickets to the December 18 show aren’t expected to last long. He’s played 47 shows at the Garden since 1978, and set a record when he sold out 12 consecutive shows back in 2006.
Joel is talking up her Cafe Carlyle gig on Instagram: “Guys & Dolls… Please join me for a wondrously-whimsical & intrinsically-intimate performance-showcase at ‘Cafe Carlyle’ in The Big Apple on April 1st-12th: Call OR visit their website to get your tickets today!!!”
In 2006, Joel wrote and released a six-song EP, Sketches. At the time, she differentiated her musical style from her father’s: “It’s a bit more soulful, more blues than my dad’s. He’s more pop rock. And his piano playing is better than mine, but that’s okay. I don’t want to be the Piano Girl. ”
The singer released her single “Notice Me” in May 2010. She followed that up with a residency at The Plaza Hotel’s famous Oak Room from December 2010 to January 2011.
Mom Christie Brinkley is proud of her daughter’s upcoming musical engagement: