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November 25, 2020
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The Manhattan Transfer to perform for the first time in Romania

Multiple Grammy awarded and one of the longest running vocal jazz quartets, the band will be performing a live vocal jazz fusion concert at Bucharest’s Palace Hall this fall.

The Bucharest show is the band’s first ever performance in Romaniaand is organized by concert promoter Emagic.


Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli and Pat Rosalia formed The Manhattan Transfer in New York in the early ‘70s. Tim Houser is the only founding member still with the group. They started out performing in clubs, cabarets and performance halls and, within a short period of time, they became one of New York’s main live musical attractions. Their first, eponymous, album exceeded expectations . Having appeared on several entertainment television shows, The Manhattan Transfer had a weekly TV show of their own on the CBS television network. They soon won the hearts of European audiences too, as the group’s next two releases – “Coming Out” and “Pastiche” – ranked high in the European music charts. Chanson D’amour was one of their best known hits and a staple on British and French radiowaves. In 1978, the group consisted of Tom Houser, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne and Alan Paul. “Extensions”, their first LP in the new formula, also brought them their first Grammy, for Best Jazz Fusion Performance for the song Birdland. This was only the beginning, as one year on, The Manhattan Transfer won two more Grammy Awards, “Best Pop Performance” for Boy From New York City, and “Best Jazz performance” for Until I Met You (Corner Pocket), both of them included on “Mecca for Moderns” – the group’s fifth studio recording. The Manhattan Transfer kept setting record after record, winning Grammies in the “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” category for two years in succession, with the songs Route 66 and Why Not! Next came the album “Vocalese”, for which the group got no fewer than 12 Grammy nominations in 1985, an achievement only topped by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Their musical style evolved over time, incorporating new sounds on such very successful albums as Brasil, The Offbeat of Avenues, Swing, The Spirit of St. Louis and Vibrate. Their latest album, “The Chick Corea Songbook”, is a tribute to American jazz musician Chick Corea, who also joins the group on one of the album’s songs, Free Samba. The Manhattan Transfer, Palace Hall, Nov. 6. Tickets can be purchased as of Wednesday, March 9,at Diverta stores, Muzica store, Mihai Eminescu bookshop, Palace Hall, or online at www.myticket.ro or www.biletoo.ro.

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