Saturday 18th May 2019
- Sunday 19th May 2019
£65.00 - £100.00
ABOUT MANHATTAN TRANSFER
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. In 1975 they cut their Atlantic debut album, 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 featuring 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 1981, The 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 Tim Hauser, that became known as the group's tour de force effort. Jon Hendricks, the recognized master of this art, composed all the lyrics for the album. "Vocalise" received 12 Grammy nominations -- at the time making it second only to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the most nominated single album ever. Since then they have recorded a number of successful albums on various labels.
However, it was the 1985 release of Vocalese, produced by Tim Hauser, that became known as the group's tour de force effort. Vocalese is the style of music that sets lyrics to previously recorded jazz instrumental pieces. Jon Hendricks, the recognized master of this art, composed all the lyrics for the album. In the following decade, the group released a number of well received albums on the Columbia and Telarc labels.
Support: Jamie Safir Trio
Jamie Safir - piano/ composer/ musical director
Conor Chaplin - bass
tbc - drums
Pianist/composer/musical director Jamie Safir is a regular feature on London’s thriving music scene. Regular keyboardist with Will Young, he has also recently worked with Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, Barb Jungr & Tony Christie. Expect swing, soul and some classic pop-songs reworke.
“Jamie is one of those pianists who seem to inhabit the piano” - London Jazz News
"The star of the show and the binding force behind the entire set was Jamie Safir. Not only a pianist at the start of a hugely promising career, but a musical arranger of true talent." - Musical Theatre Review
“Safir conjures up refreshingly different harmonies..." - Jazzwise
"Safir plays with wonderful judgment, delicacy and alertness" - London Jazz News
"Jamie on piano was riveting. I got the nightbus home, Oh the glamour!" - Julian Clary
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