The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer is a vocal group founded in 1972, consisting of Tim Hauser ( born 1941 in New York), Janis Siegel ( born 1952 in Brooklyn ) ( Alt), Alan Paul ( * 1949) ( tenor) and Cheryl Bentyne (* 1954) ( since 1979 there).

The quartet wrote music history in 1981, as it is both a Grammy for Jazz and got one for pop ( pop for Boy from NY City, Jazz for Until I meet you ).

Name of the ensemble

The name Manhattan Transfer goes back to the pre-existing 1937 Manhattan Transfer Station in New Jersey, where you had to switch from continuous long-distance trains to electric trains to go through a tunnel to Manhattan. A namesake was also in 1925 published classics of the modern novel The Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos, captures the fast-paced urban atmosphere of New York.


Tim Hauser drove a taxi for lack of commitment. When driving a cab he met ( in the founding year 1972) a founding member Laurel Massé, but got out in 1978 because of a car accident from the group and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. Hauser, who worked as a singer since 1959, had in 1969 established a first formation called Manhattan Transfer, which is also the album Jukin published in 1971. Because the cast is a completely different up to Hauser, this album Manhattan but is not associated with transfer in general.

A famous example for their elaborate a cappella singing style was the group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross to Jon Hendricks from the 1950s (such as the vocal imitation of instruments, the " vocalese "). The inspiration for their songs they get from a broad range of jazz and pop culture.

Shortly after the release of their first album in 1975 they were invited to the CBS show Live. The album extensions with their future " theme song " Birdland 1981 he received a Grammy. 1982 followed by two more. In 1983 there was a Grammy for Route 66, which was also used in the Burt Reynolds film Sharky's machine, but only in 1984 appeared on the LP Bop doo Wopp. Why Not! 1984 brought another of the coveted prizes and the best of the critics rated vocalese was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, of which they received two, Brasil received a second Grammy in the category of Pop, and Sassy 1992 the sixth Jazz Grammy.

Known songs

  • Birdland
  • Body and Soul
  • Chanson d' Amour ( the track was recorded in 1958 by Angèle Durand in German )
  • Cuéntame (The Speak Up Mambo )
  • Java Jive
  • Let's Hang On
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  • Operator
  • Route 66
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  • Soul Food to Go ( Sina)
  • The Boy from New York City
  • Tuxedo Junction
  • Twilight Zone
  • This independence
  • Soldier of Fortune
  • Spies in the Night




Columbia / Sony / BMG



  • 2003 Could not be hotter ( live recording, much of Spirit of St. Louis )
  • 2004 Vibrate

King Records

  • 2005 To Acapella Christmas
  • 2006 The Symphony Sessions

Four Quarters

  • 2009 The Chick Corea Songbook