The 10-time Grammy-winning vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer, is celebrating 50 years of their distinctive and eclectic sound with what they are calling their “final world tour.”
Founded in 1972 and named after the 1925 novel by John Dos Passos, the quartet has broken the boundaries among genres. In 1981 they won Grammys in both pop and jazz categories — and also broke records by winning 12 Grammy nominations for their 1985 album, “Vocalese.”
The original members were the late Tim Hauser (bass), Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor) and Laurel Masse (soprano). When Masse left the group after a car accident in 1979, Cheryl Bentyne replaced her; when Hauser died in 2014, Trist Curless took over his part. Since then, the group has remained the same. Their newest release of 30 albums is “FIFTY” (2022), and they are members of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.