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The Manhattan Transfer

$42.50 – $62.50 Buy Tickets

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Date:
Friday, October 5
Time:
8:00 pm
Doors Open:
7:00 pm
Cost:
$42.50 – $62.50
Event Categories:
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New Album

Venue

The Cabot
286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915 United States
Phone:
9789273100
Website:
thecabot.org

Photo: © John Abbott

This is a Ticketmaster show–to buy tickets by phone, please call: 1.800.745.3000.

“When it comes to vocal power, The Manhattan Transfer set the bar.” — Dallas Morning News

Having celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Winners of ten Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet is building upon the extraordinary legacy created by founder Tim Hauser who organized the four-part harmony group on October 1, 1972 in New York City. Now consisting of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano) and newcomer Trist Curless (bass) who replaced Hauser following his passing on October 16, 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later.

The Manhattan Transfer is THRILLED to announce the release of their latest album, THE JUNCTION, just released March 20 this year!  Remembering Tim Hauser and welcoming Trist Curless, The Manhattan Transfer has embraced new dynamic and fresh possibilities for their legendary sound in this eclectic new recording produced by five-time Grammy winner Mervyn Warren.

“The concept behind THE JUNCTION is this special meeting place – a junction merging our four and a half decade musical legacy with something new,” says Alan Paul.  “It wasn’t exactly a seamless transition because Tim is irreplaceable, he and Trist are very different singers. We weren’t looking to replace Tim’s unique personality, but found in Trist someone who could add a new element to the group, and take care of the bottom of the quartet with his true bass.”

“It’s a whole different ball game, but one we feel is still musically very viable and exciting,” Janis Siegel adds.
Curless reflects, “My personal desire was that the album would sound like The Manhattan Transfer, keeping with what they’ve done, but bringing a new energy that would come naturally with my strengths as an artist, becoming a part of theirs.”

Defying categorization, The Manhattan Transfer became the first act to win Grammy Awards in the pop and jazz categories in one year, 1981: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Boy From New York City” (a cover of the 1964 song by The Ad Libs) and Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group for “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket).”

Beginning with their first performances in the 1970s, the members of the Vocal Hall of Fame have become cornerstones of contemporary music, known for their amazing versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic and a cappella music. In their 45 years, the group has attained incredible longevity while navigating devastating obstacles. In 1978, a car accident caused original member Laurel Masse to leave the group. She was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne who made her recording debut on the 1979 Extensions album which won two Grammys for their cover of Weather Report’s “Birdland” (with lyrics by Jon Hendricks): Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental; and Siegel won for Best Arrangement for Voices.

In 1985, The Manhattan Transfer’s Vocalese made history as the single greatest Grammy nominated album in history in one year with 12 nominations. Vocalese, which featured jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Ron Carter, and the Count Basie Orchestra, changed the perception of The Manhattan Transfer from pop singers to jazz artists. Vocalese earned two more Grammys: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group; and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two Or More Voices for “Another Night in Tunisia” (won by Bentyne and Bobby McFerrin).

In addition to McFerrin, The Manhattan Transfer has also sung with many more great vocalists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler, Phil Collins, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, and Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons.