The Manhattan Transfer
PRESENTED BY PARKER ARTS
This 10-time Grammy© winning vocal quartet has enchanted audiences for over 40 years with their eclectic styles of music from classic American standards, to pop and jazz. Join The Manhattan Transfer for seasonal selections like, “Happy Holidays,” “White Christmas,” and more in this classy Christmas concert. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” with these vocal virtuosos as they bring you the harmonies of the holiday season.
Saturday, December 12 - 7:30 PM SOLD OUT!!!
It’s been over forty years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.
In the Fall of 1972, it was that same taxi that Hauser met aspiring young singer, Laurel Massé who was looking to form a group. The two joined forces and not long after his fare was Brooklyn native and singer, Janis Siegel, who eventually made the group a trio. As Hauser, Massé and Siegel began rehearsing, Massé’s then-boyfriend, who was drumming in a Broadway pit band, introduced Hauser and Siegel to Alan Paul, who was co-starring in the original production of Grease, and The Manhattan Transfer’s journey began.
In 1974 the group began performing regularly throughout New York City at cutting edge cabaret venues and by the end of the year they were the number one live attraction. The Manhattan Transfer gained a following and signed to Atlantic Records. Their self-titled debut in 1975 found their first national hit in their take on the Friendly Brothers’ gospel classic “Operator.” In 1978, Massé was injured in a car accident and decided not to rejoin the group that had since moved to California. One of many who auditioned for her slot was Cheryl Bentyne, a stunning singer from Mt. Vernon, Washington, and a four-year veteran of The New Deal Rhythm Band. The other Manhattan Transfer members immediately felt Bentyne’s impact and invited her to join. The group went on to release many more hits like “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” and the Weather Report classic “Birdland” and became the dazzling group we know today.
With the passing of the founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, Tim Hauser, the remaining members, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, and Alan Paul carry on the incredible musical legacy he left behind. Trist Ethan Curless graciously joined the group, fulfilling his role in the harmonies as a remarkably talented bass. The Manhattan Transfer continues to perform their amazing vocal prowess to audiences today.
Learn more about The Manhattan Transfer at www.manhattantransfer.net
View the press release for all of our holiday shows here.