Manhattan Transfer Swings into Plymouth State

November 4th, 2004 by Adam

Note: This concert is sold out.

The Grammy-winning jazz-pop group Manhattan Transfer
will bring its vocal stylings to Plymouth State University’s
Silver Cultural Arts Center beginning at 7
p.m. Sunday, November 14
. The quartet of Tim Hauser,
Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne has been together more
than 30 years and has made more than 20 recordings.

The group developed an early cult following by playing New York
clubs like Reno Sweeney and Max’s Kansas City. The band
members recorded their first album The Manhattan Transfer
for Atlantic Records in 1975 and soon after landed their highly
experimental television show on CBS.

Five years later, the group had its first U.S. pop hit “Twilight
Zone/Twilight Tone,” off its album Extensions. The
album also featured “Birdland,” the piece that has
since become Manhattan Transfer’s signature tune. Jon
Hendricks wrote the lyrics to Joe Zawinul’s jazz fusion
instrumental and Siegel arranged the vocals. The most
played jazz record of 1980, “Birdland” brought the
Transfer its first Grammy award (Best Jazz Fusion Performance,
Vocal or Instrumental) and the award for Best Arrangement For
which Siegel took home.

In 1981 Manhattan Transfer made music history by becoming
the first group to win Grammy awards in both pop and jazz
categories in the same year.
However, it was the 1985
release of Vocalese, produced by Hauser, that became
known as the group’s tour de force. Vocalese
is the style of music that sets lyrics to previously recorded
jazz instrumental pieces. Hendricks, the recognized master of
this art, composed all the lyrics for the album.

Tickets are $30-$27 adults/ $29-$26 seniors/
$27-$24 youths and are available from the SCAC box
office, (603) 535-ART
S. The concert is sponsored by
Speare Memorial Hospital.