2018 INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY – ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

We are honored and thrilled to be joining a roster of incredible jazz artists from across the globe for this year’s International Jazz Day Global Concert in St. Petersburg – April 30, 2018!

The All-Star Global Concert brings together a stellar lineup of international artists representing jazz and many other genres of music for a performance that spans styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, each year’s All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance both to the Global Host City and to the hosting nation.

The 2018 All-Star Global Concert will take place at St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre, home to the internationally acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet and one of the crown jewels of a city renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage sites. The 2018 Global Concert will be webcast on JazzDay.com and Facebook beginning at 19:00 GMT+3 / 4 pm US Eastern.

Long considered Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg has played an important role in the popularization and development of jazz in Russia. The country’s jazz scene was born in 1927 in St. Petersburg with the appearance of the “First Concert Jazz Band” at the St. Petersburg State Capella, followed by the creation of the first jazz collective in 1929. Moreover, St. Petersburg is the only city in the country to have a Jazz Philharmonic Hall, founded in 1989.

The 2018 All-Star Global Concert will feature nearly three dozen acclaimed artists representing 14 countries. Herbie Hancock (USA) and Igor Butman (Russia) will serve as co-artistic directors, and John Beasley (USA) will serve as musical director. Additional confirmed artists include: Cyrille Aimée (France), Oleg Akkuratov (Russia), Till Brönner (Germany), Oleg Butman (Russia), Terri Lyne Carrington (USA), Joey DeFrancesco (USA), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Vadim Eilenkrig (Russia), Kurt Elling (USA), Antonio Faraò (Italy), James Genus (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), David Goloschyokin (Russia), Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Gilad Hekselman (Israel), Horacio Hernandez (Cuba), Taku Hirano (Japan), Anatoly Kroll (Russia), Gaoyang Li (China), Rudresh Mahanthappa (USA), The Manhattan Transfer (USA), Branford Marsalis (USA), James Morrison  (Australia), Moscow Jazz Orchestra (Russia), Makoto Ozone (Japan), Danilo Pérez (Panama), Dianne Reeves (USA), Lee Ritenour (USA), Luciana Souza (Brazil) and Ben Williams (USA), among others…

NEW ALBUM! THE JUNCTION ~ MARCH 30, 2018

The Manhattan Transfer is THRILLED to announce the release of their latest album, THE JUNCTION! Remembering Tim Hauser and welcoming Trist Curless, The Manhattan Transfer has embraced new dynamic and fresh possibilities for their legendary sound in this eclectic new recording produced by five-time Grammy winner Mervyn Warren.

The concept behind THE JUNCTION is this special meeting place – a junction merging our four and a half decade musical legacy with something new,” says Alan Paul.  “It wasn’t exactly a seamless transition because Tim is irreplaceable, he and Trist are very different singers. We weren’t looking to replace Tim’s unique personality, but found in Trist someone who could add a new element to the group, and take care of the bottom of the quartet with his true bass.

It’s a whole different ball game, but one we feel is still musically very viable and exciting,” Janis Siegel adds.

Curless reflects, “My personal desire was that the album would sound like The Manhattan Transfer, keeping with what they’ve done, but bringing a new energy that would come naturally with my strengths as an artist, becoming a part of theirs.

The songs The Manhattan Transfer have chosen are rife with cool new musical twists and Warren’s sparkling vocal arrangements, perfectly reflect the band’s forward-thinking aesthetic.

Cheryl Bentyne penned sly lyrics to saxophonist Grace Kelly’s moody, film noir-ish “Blues for Harry Bosch” which reference numerous classic detective movies. Paul co-write “Swing Balboa (Down on Riverside)” mixing the classic Balboa swing sound with edgy, modern electro-swing.  Siegel co-wrote and sings lead on the hip, uptempo Shake Your Boogie (Galactic Vocal Version), whose story cleverly incorporates a playful element of Star Wars. And Curless brings us to The Junction – an homage to the TMT classic Tuxedo Junction.

TMT finds new joy in harmonizing the classic rap of Us3’s early 90’s hip-hop/jazz hit “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” – based on Herbie Hancock’s soul-jazz treasure “Cantaloop Island” – which the quartet fashions into Cantaloop (Flip Out!). They also bring newfound pleasures and a party energy to the crowd pleaser, Tequila: The Way of the Booze, with lyrics by Paul. Balancing these optimistic bursts are more pointed social commentaries – XTC’s The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul and Rickie Lee Jones’ harmonically dissonant Ugly Man.

As the work on this album reflects — democracy is the fabric of the group. It has been from the beginning,” says Bentyne. “We all have a different take on music and appreciate different styles, so each member brings something to the table that is unique. We have tremendous faith in that process. This album is completely us, a true snapshot of who we are right now, having survived so many hardships, but looking forward to exciting new chapters in the band’s story. We give great credit to Mervyn Warren, without whom this project would not have come together as beautifully as it did. His participation, oversight, brilliant arrangements and production helped us make one of our strongest musical statements ever.

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The Manhattan Transfer 2018 ~ Photo by John Abbott

 

ACCLAIMED JAZZ VOCALIST CHERYL BENTYNE’S SOLO SONDHEIM TRIBUTE – reARRANGEMENTS OF SHADOWS – RELEASING OCTOBER 6, 2017 ON ARTISTSHARE

On reARRANGEMENTS OF SHADOWS, veteran vocalist CHERYL BENTYNE reimagines songs by the iconic Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Widely known for her 38 years as part of the renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, Bentyne is also a solo performer with over a dozen CDs under her own name as well as several collaborative projects with other singers and instrumentalists.

Sondheims lyrics are often di cult to sing outside the context of his shows. It takes an artist of Bentynes stature to create her own fully realized, personal context from Sondheims often di cult lyrics.

The ten tunes that comprise reARRANGEMENTS OF SHADOWS are mostly wellknown to theater a cionados. To create a fresh, new take for each song and an exciting, unpredictable dynamic for the entire project, she enlisted the help of several of the most innovative jazz arrangers around today. The diverse approaches of each arranger all coalesce into a uni ed soundscape by Bentynes melli uous vocal quality and incandescent emotional honesty.

reARRANGEMENTS OF SHADOWS will be available in stores and online everywhere.

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THE SUMMIT: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

thesummit_09We’re hitting the road this fall with TAKE 6 for an unforgettable concert series… See YOU at THE SUMMIT!!!

“The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 together at Town Hall… You could hear so much profound and delightful artistry. You could feel how much fun they were having. I can’t think of enough superlatives. How about “WOW X 10!”
— Michael Bourne, WBGO Jazz 88.5 FM

“Take 6 and The Manhattan Transfer have combined their talents to create an evening of incredible joy, and they do it without forgetting to swing! They must be heard to be believed.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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ALAN PAUL RELEASES NEW SOLO ALBUM ~ SHU BOP!

Hi Friends!

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and abundant 2016! I am very excited to share with you the exclusive release of my new solo album, Shu Bop! Shu Bop pays tribute to classic doo-wop and popular music from the 1950’s and early 60’s. It also features two songs that were arranged and conducted by the legendary Ray Ellis who worked on the critically acclaimed Billy Holiday LP, A Lady In Satin. Many thanks for your continued support.

Enjoy!

Alan

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