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Manhattan Transfer Performs in UW Spring Concert Series Program Feb. 21

February 17, 2014
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Legendary pop/jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer will perform Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

One of the most enduring pop/jazz vocal groups, The Manhattan Transfer, continues the University of Wyoming Cultural Programs spring concert series Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Tickets cost $30 for the public and $25 for students and seniors. For tickets and information, call (307) 766-6666, visit, or visit the Wyoming Union or Performing Arts Center box offices.

During Manhattan Transfer’s performance, the vocal quartet will celebrate its 40th anniversary by revisiting its long string of hits. The current lineup features founder Tim Hauser, along with singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne.

The Manhattan Transfer first came into people’s living rooms in 1975 as a summer replacement for the Ed Sullivan television show, and its career immediately took off. Since then, the legendary group has won Grammy Awards in both the pop and jazz categories. Its 1985 album, “Vocalese,” earned the group a whopping 12 nominations, making it among the single greatest Grammy-nominated albums in one year and cementing the group’s status as one of the most innovative vocal groups in popular music history.

The album earned the group Grammy awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices for Cheryl Bentyne and Bobby McFerrin for their arrangement of "Another Night in Tunisia.”

During Manhattan Transfer’s career, the ensemble was voted Best Vocal Group in both the annual Downbeat and Playboy jazz polls. This made it among the most famous vocal groups in the world. Although often playing in large venues, with a backup band, Manhattan Transfer offers UW a special “Living Room Session,” with a stripped-down acoustic sound, which includes just the Manhattan Transfer and a piano.

In 1981, the Manhattan Transfer released a "Best Of" album, and it made music history by becoming the first group to win Grammy awards for both popular and jazz categories in the same year. "Boy from New York City" -- a cover of the 1965 Ad Libs song -- reached the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and won the award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "Until I Met You Corner Pocket" earned the group a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance, Duo or Group. Both songs appeared on the group's fifth album, “Mecca for Moderns.”

In 1982, the group won another Grammy, for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, for its rendition of "Route 66.” The song was featured on the soundtrack to the Burt Reynolds film “Sharky's Machine.” In all, the group has released nearly 30 albums.

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. The group has recorded with musical greats such as Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson, Laura Nyro, Phil Collins, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, James Taylor and the original Jersey Boy, Frankie Valli.

Each year, Cultural Programs brings a variety of internationally known performers to campus, often at ticket prices much less than at larger venues. This spring semester, UW will host four performances. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Individual and season ticket information is available by calling (307) 766-6666 or visiting the Cultural Programs’ website at

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