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Manhattan Transfer to Perform in Boston February 17

SOURCE: Published: 2010-02-03
Manhattan Transfer The Manhattan Transfer celebrate their 40th Anniversary and the release of their new recording at the Wilbur Theatre

Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 pm

The Ambassadors of Harmony

Grammy-winning jazz/pop vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer, widely renowned for broadening the musical landscape with their innovative, genre-defying sound, recently released: The Chick Corea Songbook

Boston, MA -- HT Productions will present “An Evening With The Manhattan Transfer" celebrating their 40 years together and their new CD, The Chick Corea Songbook on Wednesday, February 17, at 7:30 PM at the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. Tickets at $48 and $38 will be on sale as of Friday, January 29 at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Wilbur Theatre Box Office, on line at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling: 800-745-3000. For more information please visit www.thewilburtheatre.com.

The Manhattan Transfer is Cheryl Bentyne, vocals; Tim Hauser, vocals; Alan Paul, vocals and Janis Siegel, vocals. The Transfer will perform with their quartet featuring keyboardist and music director Yaron Gershovsky, bassist Gary Wicks, drummer Steve Hass and guitar Adam Hawley. The group remains a major staple both within the jazz community and the mainstream music community, as they continue to enlighten listeners by bringing different genres of music to the forefront of the jazz.

The Chick Corea Songbook, which marks the highly innovative vocal quartet's first new record in five years, was inspired by the classic work of jazz great Chick Corea, and features fresh and exciting vocal interpretations of many of his popular compositions, including “Spain" and “500 Miles High." Corea, who plays on the CD, has also contributed an original composition entitled “Free Samba" especially for this album. This release also features special guest appearances by some of the finest musicians in the industry including Christian McBride, Airto, Alex Acua, Fred Hersch, Edsel Gomez and Lou Marini, among others.

The platinum selling, world-wide chart topping super group,widely renowned for broadening the musical landscape with their innovative, genre defying sound, made GRAMMY historyin 1981by becoming the first group to win GRAMMYs simultaneously in both the jazz and pop categories.The group also put out the second most honored 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 become known as the group's tour de force effort, with Jon Hendricks, the recognized master of this art, composing all of the lyrics forthe album.To date, THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER has won 10 GRAMMYs and has been nominated for 17 GRAMMYs.

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER areresponsible for bringing Brazilian music to Americanradio stationsand for introducing Bob Marley and The Wailers toAmerican television audiences, further broadening the horizons of music lovers everywhere. In its formative years, the group developed a strong cult following while playing such New York clubs as Trude Heller's, Reno Sweeney, and Max's Kansas City drawing iconic artists such as Mick Jagger and David Bowie. In 1975 they cut their Atlantic debut album (signed by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun),entitled The Manhattan Transfer, and landed their own highly experimental television show on CBS. They were particularly successful in Europe, where their next two albums, Coming Out and Pastiche, brought them a string of top 10 hits. A live album, The Manhattan Transfer Live, soon followed.

Their next album, Extensions, earned them their first domestic pop hit: “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone," penned by Alan Paul and Jay Graydon andfeaturing their version of the hit song “Birdland." The most played jazz record of 1980, “Birdland" brought The Transfer their first GRAMMY Award ("Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental"), and the award for “Best Arrangement For Voices," which Janis took home.In the following decade, the group released a number of well received albums on different labels including Columbia and Telarc. Forty years later, THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER arguably remain the most respected and honored vocal quartet today, after topping both the Downbeat and Playboy “Best Jazz Vocal Group" polls consecutively for a decade from 1980 - 1990.In celebration of their new CD release as well as 40 years in the entertainment industry, Manhattan Transfer is touring throughout 2009--2010 (with more dates to come). For more information, please visit manhattantransfer.net.

The Chick Corea Songbook entered the Billboard Jazz Charts with a great first week in September, debuting at #5.


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