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Girls Gotta Eat

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Ramy Youssef Live

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Vir Das

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Pat Metheny Side-Eye With James Francies And Joe Dyson

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE: Time Bubble Tour

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Chris Fleming: Tricky Tricky

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Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

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That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

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Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

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Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base

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Chris Distefano

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Chris Botti

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Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

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The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

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BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon: The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!

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Victory The Podcast

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Thu Dec 2nd - 7:30PM
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Small Town Murder

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Fri Dec 3rd - 08:00 PM
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Nemr

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Kurtis Conner

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Ari Shaffir

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Michelle Buteau

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Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

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Puddles Pity Party: Unsequestered Tour

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Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour

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Countess and Friends Christmas Show

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Sat Dec 18th - 7:00PM
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Paula Poundstone

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Sun Dec 19th - 07:30 PM
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Bob Marley Comedian

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Tue Dec 28th - 8:00PM
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Andrew Schulz: The INFAMOUS Tour

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Not Another D&D Podcast

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Thu Jan 6th - 7:30PM
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Eddie Griffin

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Fri Jan 7th - 7:30PM
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The Minimalists – Love People Use Things Tour

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Sat Jan 8th - 7:00PM
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Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Tour

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Thu Jan 13th - 7:30PM
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Dave Attell

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Fri Jan 14th - 07:00 PM
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Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind Tour

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Sat Jan 15th - 7:00PM
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The Gilmour Project

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Thu Jan 20th - 8:00PM
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Drew Lynch: Concussed

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Fri Jan 21st - 7:30PM
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The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

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Sat Jan 22nd - 7:00PM
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The Second City Remix

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Sun Jan 23rd - 7:00PM
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Citizen Cope

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Brad Williams

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Doughboys

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The You & Me Tour: An Evening With Drew And Ellie Holcomb

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Wed Feb 9th - 8:00PM
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CLAUDIA OSHRY: NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS

PRESENTED BY SPRITZ SOCIETY

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Sat Feb 12th - 7:00PM
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Jim Norton

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Fri Feb 18th - 07:00 PM
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Preacher Lawson

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Sat Feb 19th - 7:00PM
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Rob Schneider

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Sun Feb 20th - 7:00PM
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Richard Marx

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Thu Feb 24th - 8:00PM
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Nick Swardson

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Fri Feb 25th - 07:30 PM
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Fri Feb 25th - 10:00 PM
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Vic DiBitetto

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Bruce Cockburn

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Steve Vai: Inviolate Tour

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Beth Hart – The Thankful Tour

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Irish Comedy Tour

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Wed Mar 16th - 7:30PM
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Gus Johnson

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Thu Mar 17th - 7:30PM
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And That’s Why We Drink: Here for the Boos Tour!

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Henry Rollins: Good To See You 2022

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Sun Mar 20th - 7:00PM
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One Night of Queen

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Captain Sandy: Lead-Her-Ship Tour

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Colin Hay

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Saints, Sinners & Serial Killers starring Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

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Wed Apr 20th - 7:30PM
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Robin Trower

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Wed Apr 27th - 08:00 PM
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Tracy Morgan

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Sat Apr 30th - 07:00 PM
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Todrick Hall: The Femuline Tour

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Sun May 1st - 8:00PM
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Eric Johnson’s Treasure Tour

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Thu May 5th - 8:00PM
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Bob Saget

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Sat May 7th - 7:00PM
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Criminal

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Mon May 9th - 7:30PM
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Sinbad

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Fri May 13th - 07:30 PM
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Welcome to Night Vale

Please Note: This show is in 2022

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Fri Jun 10th - 8:00PM
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Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert

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Wed Jun 22nd - 7:00PM
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Bio

Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most inn

Celebrating their 45th 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 on October 16, 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later.

“45 years. It’s amazing,” says Paul. “The idea of Tim Hauser has endured and brought pleasure for so many people,” adds Siegel. “We are proud to still be here through all the changes. We stayed true to ourselves. What The Manhattan Transfer does on stage brings so much joy, sharing music we love.”

Defying categorization, The Manhattan Transfer became the first act to win Grammy Awards in the pop and jazz categories in one year, 1981: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Boy From New York City” (a cover of the 1964 song by The Ad Libs), and Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group for “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket).” “That showed us we were in the right direction,” says Paul. “We were always eclectic. We did not want to have labels on our style. Our point of view was, if the music is good, it should not make a difference.” Siegel emphasizes the group’s unmatched ability to excel performing a wide variety of music. “We didn’t say we were a pop group. We didn’t say we were a jazz group. We’re a vocal group.”

Beginning with their first performances in the 1970s, the 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. The original group consisted of Hauser, Siegel, Paul, and Laurel Masse. After being signed by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun to Atlantic Records, The Manhattan Transfer made their recording debut with their self-titled album in 1975.

“It took a while to get a deal,” Paul remembers. “We were selling out clubs in New York City, but no one would sign us. People thought we were not commercial.” In the early days, The Manhattan Transfer was like a chameleon, constantly changing their image and musical style. The look ranged from heavy makeup and bizarre masks, to tuxedoes and tails. “We followed the philosophy of David Bowie,” states Paul. “Create a persona, and then destroy it.”

Then known primarily as an East Coast cult act, the group expanded their following by starring in their own 1975 CBS-TV variety series as a summer replacement for the iconic Ed Sullivan Show. Beginning as an underground group in New York City, The Manhattan Transfer garnered international popularity when “Chanson D’Amour” from the 1976 Coming Out album became a number one hit in Europe. In their 45 years, the group has attained incredible longevity while navigating devastating obstacles.

In 1978, a car accident caused Masse to leave the group. “We were out of commission for three months,” remembers Paul. “We auditioned ten singers for soprano. Cheryl Bentyne was the last one. After 12 bars we all knew she was the one. We brought out champagne and said, ‘You’re in.’”

Bentyne made her recording debut on the 1979 Extensions album 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. “It was mind blowing,” recalls Bentyne. “The group had never won a Grammy, had never been to the Grammys. We came up on a hydraulic lift at Radio City Music Hall. Michael Jackson, Madonna and Barry Manilow were watching us sitting in the front row.”

The new chapter of The Manhattan Transfer had become an instant success.

Siegel originated the concept to record a cover version of the Weather Report classic. “It was my idea of bring vocalese into the present. The Weather Report song sounded to me like a pop song of the future. Like a conversation between the instruments,” she recalls. “Working with Jon Hendricks on that song was the beginning of a close relationship.” (Hendricks later wrote lyrics for eight songs on their landmark 1985 Vocalese album.) For Siegel, performing “Birdland” in 1979 at The Grammy Awards was one of her personal highlights, along with singing twice at The White House, and performing at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993 with Little Jimmy Scott. She says the group was blessed to know giants of the music business. “Working with Ahmet Ertegun, Arif Mardin. Artists who are no longer here like Laura Nyro,” she reflects. “We caught the tail end of an era.”

The Manhattan Transfer has also sung with many more “giants of the music business,” including Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler, Phil Collins, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, and Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons.

In 1985, The Manhattan Transfer’s Vocalese made history as the single greatest Grammy nominated album in history in one year with 12 nominations. “It was mindboggling after the pop success we had,” says Paul. Vocalese, which featured jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Ron Carter, and the Count Basie Orchestra, changed the perception of The Manhattan Transfer. “Now we were accepted as jazz singers for the first time after being pop stars,” says Paul. 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).

Another unforgettable highlight for the group was presenting and performing at the 1983 Grammy Awards with Ella Fitzgerald. “That was probably the peak,” comments Paul. “We were at the podium singing ‘How High the Moon,” says Bentyne. “The Grammys had never heard anything like that.” For Siegel, it was extra special because Fitzgerald is her idol. “At the rehearsals we were going over the song. We sang, she scatted. And she said, ‘Was that all right?’ In awe of the legendary singer’s breathtaking performance, Siegel told her, “Of course, you’re Ella Fitzgerald.”

The “high” of singing with Fitzgerald at The Grammys, was later contrasted with another nearly overwhelming low that tested the resilience of The Manhattan Transfer. In 2011, Bentyne had to temporarily leave the group while undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Margaret Dorn replaced her then, and again in December 2013 while Bentyne underwent further treatment. “I was out with cancer for 8 months in 2011, and the cancer came back in 2013,” says Bentyne. “I had stem cell transplant with all new cells. At the same time, Tim was very ill, and Trist (Curless) took his place. The group had to work doubly hard in my absence and Tim’s absence. We had a lot of bumps to overcome.”

In 2013, Hauser underwent spinal surgery and was replaced by Curless of the Los Angeles a cappella group, m-pact. In 2014, following the passing of Hauser, Curless became an official member of the group, forming the third incarnation of The Manhattan Transfer. Now the group is dedicated to maintaining and building upon the legacy of the late Hauser.

“It has taken us a while to recover,” says Siegel. “Tim (Hauser) was a dear friend, the founder of the group. There would not be The Manhattan Transfer without Tim Hauser. He was the passionate driving force. One of the most creatively generous people I ever met. He was a musical historian. I learned so much from him about music.” Siegel remembers the shock of his passing. “Tim died on the road in the middle of a tour. The grieving was a long process. We thought we might end the group. However, we realized people all over the world wanted the music to continue.”

“It was extremely difficult,” Paul remembers. “He was my brother. A great loss. We spent the whole year doing a memorial tour for him. The fans supported us. Trist Curless subbed for him. We are very grateful for the fans support who warmly accepted Trist. We had to continue the legacy,” he adds. “The fans embraced us. If we did not have the fans, we could not go on. We would cry onstage. We would not have been able to do it without the fans support.”

“Tim was my mentor, the professor, the guiding light,” comments Bentyne. “He was the energy of the group. He was older, but we couldn’t keep up with him. He was the spark for music. He was amazing.” Bentyne was especially grateful for how Hauser made her feel comfortable as a new member of the group. “He was always helping me fitting in. I was intimated at first singing in the studio. He took time with me and helped me get through it.” Bentyne fondly remembers Hauser’s loving reaction when she was honored in 1985. “When I won a Grammy (Best Vocal Arrangement For Two Or More Voices) with Bobby McFerrin for “Another Night in Tunisia,” Tim had tears in his eyes for me. He said, ‘I’m so proud of you.’”

As The Manhattan Transfer endures with their new lineup, they’re returning to the road for a very special collaboration, joining Take 6 on The Summit Tour across the United States from October 2016 through March 2017. “To be on stage with them is glorious,” says Siegel. “They are all phenomenal people and singers. It is a challenge putting together a show for ten singers. It will be a great experience, them singing our songs, and vice versa. It will be singers having a blast.” “We have been fans of each other for a long time,” adds Paul. “It will be unique and fabulous.”

Individually and collectively, The Manhattan Transfer continues to make history. Paul released his second solo album, Shu Bop, in 2016. Bentyne has recorded twelve solo projects, including Lost Love Songs (2016), a compilation of three albums previously unreleased in the United States. Siegel has released eleven solo albums, including her 2016 tribute to Leonard Bernstein, Some Other Time with Nils Landgren.

As the group looks to record their 30th album in 2017, the first new CD in eight years, Bentyne is especially enthusiastic about the future. “We had to work on blending with Trist. Now we are ready. I am really thrilled.” Paul adds, “We are taking who we are, and taking something totally different. Reinventing ourselves, incorporating music from today.” This will be The Manhattan Transfer’s first album with Curless, and Siegel looks forward to new possibilities. “Trist has been a godsend. He is musically amazing. I am very excited about what Trist will bring to the group.”

Curless, who worked as an audio engineer for several acts, including Take 6, in addition to leading his a cappella group m-pact, is extremely proud and honored to join Paul, Siegel, and Bentyne in enhancing their rich legacy. “It is a privilege and an honor to help The Manhattan Transfer celebrate 45 years and helping it continue. I am excited to help carry on the tradition of harmony singing with the new album and spread it further. For Curless, joining The Manhattan Transfer goes beyond what he could have dreamed of. “As a young singer into group singing, I listened to the Manhattan Transfer. Such an influence helping me to grow. One of my favorite groups.”

Looking to the future of The Manhattan Transfer, Paul says, “I am excited about creating new music. We are thrilled to have Trist in the group and we venture forward. We love performing.” “This new chapter is exciting. I am intrigued and exhilarated about what we will come up with,” comments Siegel. “It will be intriguing to see Trist’s influences. He brings great energy. We found a wonderful partner in Trist.” Siegel is also proud of The Manhattan Transfer’s role as a trailblazer and trendsetter. “It is gratifying to see so many vocal groups, especially a cappella groups,” she states. “If we promoted any of that, we are happy.”

“I am so excited about the new project,” beams Bentyne. “We have a lot of music to sing. So much more music, new genres. With new member Trist, and recording a new album, this is a turning point for The Manhattan Transfer. This is giving us a new chapter, a new excitement.” she says. “Now with a new member, we have a different warmth and experience, rising above illness and death. A much richer experience. Trist Curless really revitalized us, and brought a new energy which rises the group to another level.”

After 45 years, The Manhattan Transfer continues to raise the bar, and set even higher standards.

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