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The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer

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When:

  • Fri 22 Feb ’13, 8:00pm – 10:30pm

Where:

The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, Auckland CBD

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Premium: $95.00
  • B Reserve: $80.00

Stewart and Tricia Macpherson proudly presents 10-time Grammy Award winning group The Manhattan Transfer who will perform one show only in each of Auckland and Wellington in February 2013. (The Manhattan Transfer perform the entire show!)

The group that just keeps on harmonising is famous for mixing jazz and popular music styles. The Manhattan Transfer is Cheryl Bentyne, Tim Hauser, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel. The Manhattan Transfer will perform with their touring band in a concert that will feature many of their hit songs such as Birdland, Operator, Tuxedo Junction, Chanson d’Amour, The Boy from New York City and many more.

During a prolific career spanning four decades the group has released 28 albums between 1975 and 2010 starting with The Manhattan Transfer in 1975. The group has played clubs and concert halls; done commercials and had their own TV show – but whatever they are and wherever they do it, it's always with that signature sound: four-part harmony, tight, precise and going strong.

The platinum selling, world-wide chart topping vocal quartet, widely renowned for broadening the musical landscape with their innovative sound, made Grammy history in 1981 by becoming the first group to win Grammys simultaneously in both the jazz and pop categories. The group also put out the second most honoured album in pop history in 1985 with Vocalese, earning an impressive 12 Grammy nominations, surpassed only by Michael Jackson's Thriller at the time. Produced by Tim Hauser, Vocalese became known as the group's tour de force, with Jon Hendricks composing all of the lyrics for the album. To date, The Manhattan Transfer has won 10 Grammys and has been nominated for 17 Grammys.

In 2010 the group celebrated their 40 years together with a new CD The Chick Corea Songbook that entered the Billboard charts at #5.

Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul have been around from the start. Cheryl Bentyne signed on in 1978 (replacing Laurel Massé who in 1978 was injured in a near fatal car accident – and now enjoys a successful solo career).

"People see in us something that they wish there was more of in the world, which is harmony," said Siegel. "And no matter how technologically advanced the music business becomes, I think people will always still want to hear the sound of the human voice, especially raised in harmony." They've harmonized with gospel and all kinds of jazz, including vocalese where they improvise to instruments like trombones and saxophones and add new lyrics.

Last in New Zealand in 2005, The Manhattan Transfer enthralled audiences at their sell-out shows with their highly accomplished multi-genre repertoire of music. The Manhattan Transfer remain a cornerstone of the jazz community as well as the main-stream music community world-wide.

Earlier this year, The Manhattan Transfer were delighted to announce that Cheryl Bentyne was back after an arduous fight with cancer, during which time Margaret Dom stepped in. “Cheryl rejoined us for our European show dates in July 2012 and she’s back where she belongs. She is doing well, sounding as marvellous as ever and, most importantly, is cancer free!” the group announced.

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