The Manhattan Transfer

April 1-5

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Celebrating their forty-fifth 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 in 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later.

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

Beginning with their first performances in the 1970s, these four 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 forty-six years as an ensemble, they have 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 album, Extensions, 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 twelve 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 other accomplished 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.

With its new lineup, the Manhattan Transfer returned on the road for a special collaboration: they joined Take 6 on the Summit Tour across the United States from October 2016 through March 2017. And as the group recorded its thirtieth album in 2017 (their first new CD in eight years), the members were extremely enthusiastic about the future.

After forty-six years of performing, the Manhattan Transfer continues to raise the bar and set even higher standards.


Upcoming Shows

AUG. 16-17
Funky Butt Brass Band
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It’s impossible not to have a good time when you’re in the presence of the Funky Butt Brass Band. This musical juggernaut brings funk, soul, rhythm & blues, rock, pop, jazz, and anything else they might find under the kitchen sink together to give audiences a truly memorable experience each time they step on stage. Inspired by the brass band tradition of New Orleans, Funky Butt puts their own St. Louis stamp on everything they do…and we wouldn’t have them do it any other way!

“How did St. Louis exist so long without a true, bonafide New Orleans-style brass band? Since Funky Butt Brass Band came on the scene, it’s been impossible to miss the six-headed beast. At parades, at barbecues, at community radio festivals and especially at a certain oyster bar on Broadway, Funky Butt is a steady-gigging presence that references its Crescent City inspiration, but infuses plenty of 314-specific funkiness as well. Credit the oft-theatrical vocalizations of members Tim Halpin, Adam Hucke and Aaron Chandler for the band’s never-the-same-set-twice bravado, but recognize that “brass” is in the band name for a reason: These cats can blow.”

– The Riverfront Times

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SEP. 15
Brunch & Brass
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The Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis host the third Brunch & Brass, this year featuring the Funky Butt Brass Band with performances from JazzU students. FBBB has been voted Best Funk/Soul Band at the Riverfront Times Music Awards for four of the past five years, and their Jazz St. Louis shows have become legendary. They put their own twist on the New Orleans brass band tradition and will certainly get you out of your seat!

Adult tickets: $35. Includes admittance, brunch buffet and two drink tickets. Children 2-12 are $10; children under 2 are free. Bring your whole family!

Sponsored by: STINSON

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SEP. 18-19
Cyrille Aimee
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Improvisation is not just a technique for Cyrille Aimée, it’s a way of life. The acclaimed vocalist ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious
jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being called a “rising star” York Times.

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SEP. 25-29
Joshua Redman

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