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Manhattan Transfer 2012 Java Jazz Hall of Fame Artist

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The Manhattan Transfer Starting today, 2nd of March 2012, to Sunday, 4th of March 2012, approximately 1500 musicians from 15 overseas countries will mesmerize the audience of Jakarta International Djarum Super Mild Java Jazz Festival 2012 with high quality music.

Playing side by side with Indonesia's great talents, are musicians coming from United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Australia, Norway, Spain, Austria, Netherland, Mexico, Benin, Cuba, Malaysia and Japan.

Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Swing Out Sister, Bobby McFerrin, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny and Dave Koz, to name a few of the outstanding lineup to perform at the world event, The Jakarat International Java Jazz Festival.

Friday night The Manhattan Transfer took the stage performing to a packed house.

Last night I was so deeply moved by our fans at our concert at Java Jazz, you do make me “Smile Again" and again, and again. It was such a surprise that at the end of our concert Peter Guntha. creator of Java Jazz came out on stage and presented us with awards for being chosen by the Java Jazz poll as the 2012 Java Jazz Hall of Fame artist. To all of you, much light and love. Alan Paul, Manhattan Transfer

It's been nearly thirty-five 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.

Hauser had been in doo-wop groups, folk groups, and even in a short-lived quintet named The Manhattan Transfer, but as the sounds of jazz, R&B, pop, rock n' roll, salsa and swing poured out of brownstones, Hauser now dreamt of four-part harmonies without limits.

In the Fall of 1972, Hauser's taxi fare was an aspiring young singer named Laurel Mass, who was familiar with the sole album by Hauser's earlier Manhattan Transfer combo, and was looking to form a group. A few weeks later, another of Hauser's fares invited him to a party where he met Brooklyn native Janis Siegel; although already in a group, Siegel agreed to help out on some demos and before long she was the third member of The Manhattan Transfer. As Hauser, Mass and Siegel began rehearsing, Mass'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 rest, as they say, is history.
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