Nighttown’s Special New Year's Eve Tripleheader!!
Vocalist from The Manhattan Transfer brings in the New Year live on Nighttown's Main Stage with her All Star NYC Group!
Featuring: Janis Siegel-Vocals, John DiMartino-piano, Boris Kozlov-acoustic bass, & Keith Hall-drums.
Over the past three and a half decades, the voice of Janis Siegel -- a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee -- has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a member of this 36-year musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise.
Siegel learned about the music business at an early age. By the time she was 12, she was singing with an all-girl pop trio called The Young Generation. "When Motown became popular, I fell head over heels for it, as well as for people like Aretha Franklin. And of course, I went insane over the Beatles. But I also loved Barbra Streisand. And living in Brooklyn, I saw a lot of Broadway shows too." On the jazz side, she remembers John Coltrane as her musical idol during her high school and college years. But it was a chance encounter that steered her into The Manhattan Transfer.
Janis Siegel met Tim Hauser at a party, and he asked her to sing on some demos he'd been working on. Soon Hauser invited Siegel to join a four-part vocal group that he'd been trying to reconstruct. When she joined Hauser, Laurel Massé and Alan Paul, the Manhattan Transfer was born. The group's self-titled debut album in 1975 ushered in a renaissance in vocal-based music and marked the opening chapter of the foursome's quarter-century-plus success story.
Over the years, Janis' unmistakable voice has become one of the group's most recognizable trademarks. She sang lead on some of the Transfer's biggest hits, such as "Operator," "Chanson D'Amour," "Twilight Zone," "Birdland," "Ray's Rockhouse," "Sassy," "Spice of Life," "Mystery," and "The Boy from N.Y.C." She also gained a reputation as a vocal arranger by writing five of the charts for the group's acclaimed masterwork, Vocalese, seven charts for the group's Grammy-winning album Brasil, and won a Grammy herself in 1980 for her arrangement of "Birdland." In 1993, she and her Manhattan Transfer colleagues received their honorary doctorates from the Berklee School of Music, and in 1999 they were among the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
But Siegel has been riding a dual career track for nearly two decades. She launched her solo career in 1982 on Atlantic Records with the release of Experiment in White produced by Joel Dorn. Her followup solo effort, At Home, earned her a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocal.