Tim Hauser, voice
Cheryl Bentyne, voice
Alan Paul, voice
Janis Siegel, voice
Yaron Gershovsky, Music Director/Piano/Keyboards
Steve Hass, Drums
Gary Wicks, Bass
Adam Hawley, Guitar
It's been just about 40 years since Tim Hauser paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis. In the fall of 1972, Hauser met Laurel Masse, Janis Siegel, and Alan Paul in fairly quick succession. The rest, as they say, is history.
In 1974, The Manhattan Transfer began performing regularly throughout New York City at Trude Hellers, Mercer Arts Center, Max's Kansas City, Club 82, and other cutting-edge cabaret venues. By the end of the year, the group was the top live attraction in New York City. Quickly signed to Atlantic Records, the quartet released its self-titled debut in 1975, which spawned the group's first national hit, "Operator." The band's next two albums, Coming Out (1976) and Pastiche (1977), produced a string of Top 10 hits in Europe, including "Chanson d'Amour," a No. 1 smash in Britain and France.
In 1978, Masse was injured in a car accident and during her convalescence, decided not to rejoin the group that had since moved to California. One of many who auditioned for her slot was Cheryl Bentyne. At her dazzling audition, the other Transfer members immediately felt her impact, invited her to join, and, as Paul puts it, "The Transfer's second phase began." The first album featuring the now-legendary quartet of Hauser, Siegel, Paul, and Bentyne was 1979's Extensions, which earned the band another smash hit with "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone." The group went from strength to strength, garnering numerous Grammy Awards and nominations throughout the '80s, including a monumental 12 nominations for the 1985 album Vocalese.
In the '90s, The Manhattan Transfer's restless creative energy found the group writing more original material and tackling seasonal standards, children's music, popular music from the '50s and '60s, and different genres of swing music. The ambitious quartet has kept its pace of excellent and often groundbreaking releases well into the new millenium, with albums like The Spirit of St. Louis (2000), Couldn't Be Hotter (2003), Vibrate (2004), The Symphony Sessions (2006), and The Chick Corea Songbook (2009). The group recently welcomed Bentyne back to the fold after an arduous but successful battle with cancer and is currently working on a special project called The Vaults, commemorating its 40 years of incredible vocal jazz.
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