Tim Hauser

Even from the very beginning, Tim Hauser has had an interest in music and singing. He once asked his mother how long he had been singing, and she said, “As long as I can remember.” For the founder of The Manhattan Transfer, the love he has for music has been apparent throughout his career.

Born in Troy, New York on December 12, 1941, Tim, his sister Fayette, and their parents moved to the New Jersey shore when he was seven years old, living in Ocean Township and Asbury Park. When Tim attended St. Rose High School in Belmar, NJ in the 1950′s, he was in the glee club and was involved in another activity that he loves – baseball. It was also the era of “classic” rock and roll – and Tim lived it. His musical roots were heavily influenced by the black rhythm and blues music of the time. He tells of attending a rock and roll show starring Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers. “I went backstage and heard them warm up before the show. The sound of their harmony made me want to do the same thing.”

He began to sing professionally at age 15. He founded a teenage doo wop/R&B/rock & roll quintet called The Criterions. They cut several songs for the Laurie label. In 1959, “I Remain Truly Yours,” a song they cut during their third session, was a mild success, reaching #24 on the charts in New York. The group also performed at many R&B revues and record hops in the New York area, appearing alongside Dion & The Belmonts, The Elegants, and The Heartbeats. The Criterions also made an appearance on Alan Freed’s Big Beat television show. Tim also developed his producing skills at an early age. When he was 17, he produced a tune entitled “Harlem Nocturne” for The Viscounts. The song reached the #3 spot on the Billboard chart in 1959. Interestingly, it was Tim’s father who picked “Harlem Nocturne” to record from The Viscount’s repertoire.

The same year, he graduated from St. Rose and entered Villanova University. His college years were a continuation of the musical involvement he had started to develop, with Tim spending much of his college time energetically expanding his musical interests. In an early interview with The Manhattan Transfer that appeared in The New York Sunday News in August 1975, writer Nat Hentoff describes Tim recalling his college days: “He rose suddenly, smote his forehead, and said, ‘Do you know how much music meant to me when I was going to college? Do you really know? Music meant so much to me that I even gave up chicks.’ Laurel Masse was sitting nearby and asked Hauser if he was serious. ‘I am! I am!’ he said.” Tim was involved in radio WWVV, and was active in the Villanova Singers, which included his classmates Jim Croce and former Criterion Tommy West. Tim formed a folk trio with West and another former Criterion, Jim Ruf. They called themselves The Troubadours Three, and sang professionally throughout the area. In 1963, he graduated from Villanova with a BA in Economics. That summer, The Troubadours Three toured the United States as performers with “Hootenanny Stars of 1963.”

In 1964, Tim served his country and spent time in the Air Force and the New Jersey Air National Guard. In 1965, he began his career – not in music, as you might expect, but in marketing. He was a research analyst with the ad firm of SS&B (Linntas). In 1967, he made a change, and became the manager of the Market Research Department of the Special Products Division of The National Biscuit Company – also known as Nabisco. But his love for music, and his strong desire to be a musician and to sing was still present. As Tim puts it, “I almost went wacko. I was 28 and figured if I wanted to be a musician, it was now or never.” He left the Madison Avenue scene and started to pursue his dream of a career in music.

In 1969, he formed the first version of The Manhattan Transfer with Gene Pistilli, Marty Nelson, Erin Dickins and Pat Rosalia. The group had a country/R&B sound. Together they recorded one album, Jukin’, on the Capitol label. However, they differed in ideas on direction: Pistilli leaned more toward a country-western, “Memphis” R&B sound, whereas Tim was interested in a jazz/swing sound. The group dissolved in the early 70′s.

Tim took odd jobs to support himself while still pursuing his musical career. One of his jobs was taxicab driving, where he drove the night line. He has lots of good stories from those days, but the best story is the one that began when he picked up a tall red-haired waitress who flagged him down one April night in 1972. The waitress, an aspiring singer, was Laurel Masse. During the cab ride, Tim mentioned he was a singer and was the organizer of the previous Manhattan Transfer. Laurel was hip to their music, having seen them perform at The Fillmore East. She also had a copy of Jukin’. They stopped for coffee and discussed music, and they arranged to meet again. Shortly after meeting Laurel in his cab, Tim was once more driving his cab when he picked up the conga player for the group Laurel Canyon. Through the course of the conversation, the conga player invited Tim to a party, where he met Janis Siegel. She was a member of Laurel Canyon. Tim was impressed with Janis, and together with Laurel, they decided to reform The Manhattan Transfer. They needed a fourth partner, a male voice. Someone suggested they contact Alan Paul, who was appearing in the Broadway cast of “Grease” at the time. As it turns out, Paul had heard Janis perform before. They all met, and talked about music, and how there was a lack of four-part harmony in the music of the time. They shared their ideas, and the chemistry was there. The four became The Manhattan Transfer on October 1, 1972. And from that point on, Tim Hauser’s dreams of a musical career have turned into a very successful reality.

As the founder of The Manhattan Transfer, Tim always strives to have their image dovetail with their music. In the early days, that image helped them gain recognition. In almost every early review that was written about the group, their classy appearance was noted. It made them unique, it got them noticed, and when they performed – it was obvious they were talented. The combination of talent and attention to image, and evolving that image as the group has developed, has given them longevity. Tim is a gifted producer as well. He takes the whole concept of an album idea from beginning to end. By interweaving their talents in arranging and performing along with their image, he successfully brings it all together in the albums that he produces. He has also used his producing skills with other artists, including Richie Cole’s Pop Bop, and the last session of Eddie Jefferson. He produced the soundtrack to the film “The Marrying Man,” in which he also made his acting debut as Woody the bandleader.

Tim’s other interests include tennis, baseball, collecting and restoring classic automobiles, and of course, collecting records. This lifelong hobby began back in 1957 when during the holidays his mom and dad gave him an RCA Golden Throat 45-rpm phonograph and the record “Heebie Jeebies” by Little Richard. Tim is an expert of jazz history – be it an artist, a tune or a label, he can probably recall it and tell you anything you want to know. He is also the creator of “I Made Sauce,” a pasta sauce that is the result of his culinary skills. He made the sauce for friends and family for years, and sold it commercially. Tim resides in California with his wife, Barb. He has a son, Basie, and a daughter, Lily.

Tim Hauser’s first solo album, “Love Stories,” was released on September 5, 2007 by King Records (KICJ-522) in Japan. The track list includes: “Misty Roses,” “The More I See You,” “Prisoner Of Love,” “Heartstrings,” “Nina Never Knew,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Love Wise,” “I Didn’t Know They Were Having A Spring This Year,” “My Little Brown Book,” “Two Cigarettes In The Dark,” “I’m Just A Fool” and “She’s Funny That Way.”

Update: May 2014

Be a part of Tim Hauser’s exciting and delicious “I MADE SAUCE!” Kickstarter Campaign!

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37 Responses to Tim Hauser

  1. frank Kuipers says:

    Hi Tim,

    Last year you gave a TMT concert at Hoorn in The Netherlands, we enjoyed very much.
    Before we have seen you in 1988 or 1987 in The Hague, also very good.

    Pls when is TMT coming to The Netherlands again??

    Awaiting yr positive reply,

    Brgds,

    Frank & Linda kuipers
    (Big fans of TMT)

  2. margaret rock says:

    Dear Tim,

    Am writing to you because the Manhattan Transfer have been my inspiration and my favourite vocal group since I first heard you in the mid 70′s. I was privileged to see you when you came to Australia soon after [I vividly remember I was about to go to the loo when you came on stage - so I sat on my bladder for the whole show because you had me so spellbound!!]. Anyway, many years later, in my retirement I have rediscovered my voice and have become part of a local ‘choir’ called the Bowraville Theatre Singers for the past couple of years. We are about 40 strong – a lot of fun – very naughty – and have done a number of successful concerts [even if amateur ones] – the last this past weekend. Now we are starting rehearsals for our upcoming Jazz’n'Blues concert planned for 19/20 November [the same time as you will be performing in Washington,DC]. And guess what – I [who have been blessed with an ear for perfect pitch - not that I can always sing it!!] am putting together a quartet and calling it ‘Not the Manhattan Transfer’. We are about your ages, but don’t look anywhere near as good – nor in our wildest dreams can we hope to emulate your fabulous voices! – but we harmonize fairly well, and IF I am satisfied that we are good enough, we will perform a tribulte to you with Java Jive and Boy From New York City. Keep your fingers crossed – and if they are successful enough, we will probably attempt some others down the track.
    What I would like to know is a little about the history of both songs. My guess is that Java Jive was set in about the prohibition days – and that there is more in those cups than just coffee and tea! Am I correct? And should Boy From NY City be set in the 50′s – or when? The whole show is being narrated with a history of jazz and blues [put together by the local writers group] but I would like to do our own TMT numbers as per your recommendations.
    Lastly –WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK TO AUSTRALIA????? We would LURVE to see you again!
    Regards, and happy singing – one thing about voices is that they don’t deteriorate as quickly as our bodies – good thing huh?
    Cheers………………………Marg Rock.

  3. Roberto Seveso says:

    Hi Tim, I was at your concert last night in Milan. What an emotion to see you once again after almost 20 years, Nothing seems to have changed, the class and talent is always the same, even improves with time. You gave me beautiful emotions.
    Thanks for the wonderful concert and enjoy your stay in italy.

  4. dennis says:

    Manhattan Transfer is the reason I began my love affair with JAZZ. There are a lot of “JAZZ” groups but The Trasfer is by far the BEST. When I made up my bucket list some years ago the two groups I have yet to see are Earth Wind and Fire and Manhattan Transfer . I have made it my project to see both by the end of 2012. THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT MUSIC.

    Shalom,Shalom,

    Dennis

  5. Bubbles Love says:

    I have followed The Manhattan Transfer since i’ve seen them tons of times back in the 70′s in Philadelphia! Every where they were I was there! It’s now 2 many years later n I’m now sitting here with my 3 yr.old grand daughter Alyssa n she loves them! Espically Alan singing GLORIA! Over, and over again! I am Coming 2 New York 2 see them again! I Love THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER!

  6. Bill says:

    Vinnie is having a JB Scotts reunion in Albany on May 5, 2012. Any chance you guys will be around that area? I always loved watching you guys play the club.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/JB-Scotts-Rock-n-Roll-in-Albany-NY/244351229898
    Bill

  7. scot j massey says:

    TIM THANKS FOR STARTING THE TRANSFER. I LOVE YOU ALL . NO ONE SINGS LIKE THE TRANSFER. I first saw you in colombus ohio in about 1979- 80 ( i had said 1975 on cheryls blog but that was wrong). and have been hooked ever since. i get goose bumps when i hear you sing. thanks for ALL the music, ALL these years.please let me know if you come back to phoenix this year for any size show i really want to see , and hear you folks again. LOVE THE TRANSFER
    SCOT J,

  8. Bill McCloskey says:

    Tim, Tim, Tim. The call letters at Villanove were WWVU, not WWVV, shout something loud at your PR writer. Hope to see you at the Kennedy center in November. Bill McCloskey WWVU ’62-66.

  9. Ed Bride says:

    A superb reflection. I knew Tim, and Jim, and Tom West through the Villanova radio station (call letters were WWVU, in those days, now WKVU), a lasting memory.

  10. adrian puscasu says:

    Thanks Tim, I was not yesterday in Bucharest show, but my wife was and she liked you and you all TRANSFER so very much! Your astonishing and amazing golden voices were fantastic! Hope to see you maybe again in Bucharest or Romania next year singing again. You gave my wife a very fantastic night! THANKS FOR ALL, TIM and all of you!
    Adrian Puscasu

  11. Thomas Aurich says:

    Hi Tim, where the hack is Leverkusen, coming from the Big Apple and being told you have to play in Leverkusen is definitely no fun at all. Leverkusen ist not sexy, no beauty. Just a blue collar city with a lot of people that love to sing and most of them love TMT and your great voice ! Please think about Aspirin, Leverkusen and a hole bunch of people that want to see you again in the city of Aspirin. Cheers from Leverkusen

  12. Myra Johnson says:

    I was at the Kennedy Center , here in DC last night thoroughly enjoying your show….it was AWESOME !!! I have been a fan since you first started…I was in college in 1976 when I first heard of you and have most of your albums/CD’s. I am so glad that the young folks in Afro Blue and University of North Texas Jazz Group will be following in your footsteps…as you said the torch will be passed. Keep on truckin!!! Love you guys

  13. Barry Haughin says:

    Tim:
    Merry Christmas! I just finished listening to the ‘Acapella Christmas’ CD, and it put me firmly in the holiday spirit! My wife and I usually opt for ‘Snowfall’ when trimming the tree, but I appreciated ‘Acapella Christmas’ anew this year, and I thank you for your efforts. We miss your Christmas concerts….used to see you in Pittsburgh and/or Cleveland.

    Reading your bio on the website reminded me of our first encounter in Wilmington, DE speaking of ‘Zindy Lou’ and ‘Out of Your Heart’ by Sammy Hagan & the Viscounts. Are you still collecting 45s?

    Sorry to hear of Cheryl’s illness. Good health, peace and prosperity to you and the group in 2012.

    Barry

  14. TIM,

    Think about coming back to VU with the TMT at one of our future Singers reunions, which have been held for the last five or so years. It would be a blast!

    Jack Eddinger
    VU ’56
    One of the founding voices

  15. Rick Randell says:

    Read your comment on a blog where I did an online interview. Do you remember Rosie Greer hanging out at ARC Records – knitting?? And Larry Brown of “Knock Three Times” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” fame also at ARC during those long ago years? So glad to know of your success in this crazy business! The Best of the Best are from Jersey!! Rocco Gaeta (AKA Rick Randell)

  16. Jay Pascucci says:

    Hey Tim — Thanks again for your help with my compilation. It’s been such a great pleasure discovering this great music that influenced you and the rest of the group. Here’s my final list:

    You’re a Viper – Stuff Smith and His Onyx City Boys, 1936
    Sunny Disposish – Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra, 1927
    Guided Missiles – The Cufflinks, 1956

    Tuxedo Junction – Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, 1940
    Sweet Talking Guy – The Chiffons, 1966
    Operator – Bill Spevery, Jr. and The Friendly Brothers, 1959
    Candy – Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers feat. Jo Stafford, 1944
    Gloria – The Cadillacs, 1954
    That Cat Is High – The Ink Spots, 1938
    You Can Depend on Me – Count Basie and His Orchestra feat. Jimmy Rushing and Lester Young, 1939
    Blue Champagne – Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra feat. Bob Eberly, 1941
    Java Jive – The Ink Spots, 1940
    Occapella – Lee Dorsey, 1970
    Heart’s Desire – The Avalons, 1958

    Don’t Let Go – Roy Hamilton, 1957
    Zindy Lou – The Chimes, 1955
    Chanson D’Amour – Art and Dotty Todd, 1958
    Helpless – Kim Weston, 1966
    Scotch and Soda – The Kingston Trio, 1958
    Cuentame Que Te Paso – Al Castellanos Y Su Orquesta Cubana, 1956
    Poinciana (The Song Of The Tree) – The Four Freshmen, 1952
    S.O.S – Polly Brown, 1975
    Popsicle Toes – Michael Franks, 1975
    It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference – Todd Rundgren, 1972
    The Thought of Loving You – The Crystal Mansion, 1968

    Four Brothers – Woody Herman and His Orchestra, 1947
    A Gal in Calico – Glenn Miller and His Orchestra feat. Tex Beneke and The Modernaires, 1946
    Love for Sale – Ella Fitzgerald, 1956
    Je Voulais (Te Dire Que Je T’Attends) – Michel Jonasz, 1976
    On a Little Street in Singapore – Glenn Miller and His Orchestra feat. Ray Eberle, 1939
    In a Mellow Tone – Ella Fitzgerald, 1958
    Walk in Love – David Batteau, 1976
    Who, What, Where, When, Why – Rupert Holmes, 1976
    It’s Not The Spotlight – Rod Stewart, 1975
    Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes, 1964

    Snootie Little Cutie – Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra feat. Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines, and The Pied Pipers, 1942
    15 Minute Intermission – Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, 1940
    Romance In The Dark – Lil Green, 1940
    Sunday – Frank Sinatra, 1954
    Well, Well, Well (My Cat Fell In The Well) – The Merry Macs, 1939
    Bacon Fat – Andre Williams, 1957
    Turn Me Loose – Fabian, 1959

    Hooray For Hollywood Benny Goodman and His Orchestra feat. Johnny “Scat” Davis, 1937

    Birdland – Weather Report, 1977
    Wacky Dust – Chick Webb and His Orchestra feat. Ella Fitzgerald, 1938
    Nothin’ You Can Do About It – Airplay, 1980
    Coo Coo-U – The Kingston Trio, 1959
    Body and Soul – Coleman Hawkins, 1940
    Trickle Trickle – The Videos, 1958
    Shaker Song – Spyro Gyro, 1978
    Foreign Affair – Tom Waits, 1977

    Boy From New York City – The Ad Libs, 1964
    Dead Or Alive – The Mighty Sparrow, 1980
    Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) – Count Basie and His Orchestra, 1957
    Confirmation – Charlie Parker, 1953
    A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Mel Torme, 1957
    (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 – Nat King Cole Trio, 1946
    Malaise En Malaisie – Alain Chamfort, 1981
    Down South Camp Meetin’ – Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, 1936
    Why Not! – Michel Camilo, 1985

    Jeannine – Duke Pearson Trio, 1961 (original) – Eddie Jefferson feat. Richie Cole, 1977
    The Duke of Dubuque – The Four Vagabonds, 1942
    How High the Moon – Ella Fitzgerald, 1947
    The Morse Code of Love – The Capris, 1982
    Safronia B – Calvin Boze, 1950
    That’s The Way It Goes – The Harptones, 1956
    Unchained Melody – Vito and The Salutations, 1963

    Killer Joe – The Art Farmer / Benny Golson Jazztet, 1960
    Rambo – Count Basie and His Orchestra feat. J.J. Johnson, 1946
    Airegin – Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross feat. Zoot Sims, 1959
    To You – Duke Ellington and Count Basie and Their Orchestras, 1961
    Meet Benny Bailey – Quincy Jones and His Orchestra, 1959
    Night In Tunisia – Charlie Parker Septet, 1946
    Rockhouse – Ray Charles, 1958
    Normania (Blee Blop Blues) – Count Basie and His Orchestra, 1949
    I Remember Clifford – The Art Farmer / Benny Golson Jazztet, 1960
    Joy Spring – Clifford Brown and Max Roach, 1955
    Move – Miles Davis, 1957

    Sina – Djavan, 1982
    Asa – Djavan, 1986
    Capim – Djavan, 1982
    Antes Que Seja Tarde – Ivan Lins, 1980

    Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, 1946
    On The Sunny Side Of The Street – Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra feat. The The Sentimentalists, 1944

    Let’s Hang On – The 4 Seasons, 1965
    Groovin’ – The Young Rascals, 1967
    I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, 1967
    La-La (Means I Love You) – The Delfonics, 1968

    King Porter Stomp – Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, 1935
    A Study In Brown – Count Basie and His Orchestra, 1937
    Moten Swing – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra, 1933
    A-Tisket, A-Tasket – Chick Webb and His Orchestra feat. Ella Fitzgerald, 1938
    I Know Why (And So Do You) – Glenn Miller and His Orchestra feat. Paula Kelly and The Modernaires, 1941
    Topsy – Count Basie and His Orchestra, 1938
    Nuages – Django Reinhardt and Quintette du Hot Club de France, 1940
    Skyliner – Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra, 1944
    Air Mail Special (Good Enough To Keep)) Benny Goodman and His Sextet, 1941

    Mahogany Hall Stomp – Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five, 1929
    Old Man Mose – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1935
    Hotter Than That – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, 1927

    Walkin’ In New York – Brenda Russell, 200
    Greek Song – Rufus Wainwright, 2002
    Tutu – Miles Davis, 1986
    Modinha – Ellis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim, 1974
    Embraceable You – Ella Fitzgerald, 1959

    Spain (I Can Recall) – Return To Forever, 1972
    Children’s Song #15 – Chick Corea, 1984
    500 Miles High – Return To Forever, 1972
    Space Circus – Return To Forever, 1973
    Children’s Song #1 – Chick Corea, 1984
    Children’s Song #8 – Chick Corea, 1984
    Armando’s Rhumba – Chick Corea, 1976

    Best, always,

    Jay

  17. Mike Perini says:

    I was on the staff of WWVU when you and Tom has the Sunday Night Folk Show. I was the engineer who went with you and Tom the night you taped an interview with the Clancy Brothers. Brought back lots of memories. Never new it was you with TMT. Great music.

  18. Nancy says:

    Great show at the JCC last night…
    Thank you!!

  19. Eduardo Arocho says:

    Hey Tim, been a fan for 25 years and since i’m 40 and TMT is also 40 i want to say Congratulations and please keep doing it. Also, I am currently in love with your vocal on “One Step Closer” from Chick Corea Song Book. It’s awesome and your one of my favorite singers ever! All the best!

  20. suzanne l. says:

    hi tim , its me Suzanne ,,, formally of suzanne and barbara,,, hope you are coming to the desert in jan 13, am looking forward to hearing you and the group… havent seen you in a few years, i guess it was when we back from Miss. and that experience…, i ran into you at Brentwood.. hope life is good, let me hear from u if u have time. God bless, xo suzanne L.

  21. Ben Volpian says:

    Tim,

    My wife and I saw you and the group live in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla in the 70s sometime at a small lounge/dinner theater. We came up from Key West to catch the show, and a couple of days later I saw your group walking on the other side of the street from my business, but not wanting to bother you all I didn’t give you a HEY MANHATTAN shout out. Sorry I didn’t.

    A shot in the dark here: Can’t seem to locate a quality DVD of a BBC TV performance the group did of “Operator.” Great and funky. I’d appreciate it if you could direct me somehow on this. By the way, I have located the beautiful arrangement and performance of “Groovin” you did on the Manhattan Transfer Burghausen 2009, but I’m stumped on finding “Operator.”

    God Bless

  22. Steve says:

    Why did they hack your facebook page? Jealousy. I was once basically an axe snob, canaries and yodelers born with the gift and spend less time in the shed, but get the doe, lime light, the roar of the grease paint, the smell of the crowd, but ensembles like you guys are a different ballgame entirely. today I watched a choir of homeless people get rave revues for just 30 poor voices all singing the head, it was awful, but a beautiful part singing choir or ensembles like yours is the domain of angels, if only……

  23. Lynda says:

    Tim – saw/heard TMT tonight for the first time. Thank you so much for sticking to your dream and making it our reality. When four killah solo voices can come together to also produce a seamless ensemble sound, it’s almost unheard of. You do it in spades and I’m thrilled to have been a small part of the experience tonight.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  24. Nick Orlando says:

    Hi Tim, very much looking forward to the concert at Longwood Gardens.

  25. Gwyneth says:

    Is there any chance that you are going to tour in the UK? me and my husband absolutely love your music and used to listen to you in the 70s. We are now 58 years old and have re-discovered your fabulous sound. I’m sure there would be a great response if you could come over here! failing that, we will just have to come over the pond! xxxx p.s. we could always have a garden party event just for us!!!! xxx

  26. Thank you, Gwyneth! We do get to the UK, often playing at Ronnie Scott’s. Keep up with our Tour Dates page and we’ll hopefully have some gigs booked there soon!

  27. Dave Van Zandt says:

    Tim, Cheryl, Alan & Janis
    We love you guys. We saw you in person three times when we lived in Ohio. We are now in Florida and would love to see you again, but where you are touring is to far for old bones to travel. We are in Naples, but just about anywhere fron Orlando down might work. Are you coming this way anytime in the future. Glad to hear that Cheryl is back and ok. Thank you for all the years of wonderful music.
    Best Regards
    Dave & Betty

  28. Barb Mosher says:

    What a wonderful evening Sept 23, 2012 in Astoria, Oregon and a joy to be able to be on the other side of the curtain to watch your performance! I’ve never attended a concert before that had an audience that was mostly gray/white haired and and where the drug of choice was blood pressure meds! I was personal assistant to the owner of Northwest Releasing in Seattle, Washington, a concert promotion firm, in the mid-late 70′s and ManTran (as you kids were fondly referred to by the office) was one of our most favorite groups to present. No searching for obscure foodstuffs or picking through 50 one pound bags of M&M’s to remove the red ones…and no trashed hotel rooms! You kids look and sound as good now as you did way back all those many years ago. Best wishes for health and happiness for you all. Be well and come back to our beautiful little Upper Left Hand Corner again.

  29. Roland T says:

    TIm,

    Thanks very much for pushing for your dream–I have been thoroughly enjoying your results for years now. Just think of all the people with taste and intelligence that you four have been delighting for, what, 40 years now?
    What a powerful harmonized blend you have all put together–when I sing in a choir and it goes really well, I greatly enjoy it. So I can’t imagine the thrill you’ve been getting working with this set of great voices doing lush harmonies and belting out powerful tunes. Just throwing some things out there, have you considered ever doing projects with Pat Metheny(jazz guitarist/composer)? Chanticleer? Would love to hear TMT do Earth Wind and Fire’s After the Love Has Gone, or Paul McCartney’s Once Upon A Long Ago. That last especially if you ever did a Christmas album again. It’s not known in this country, but it is loverly, and you can catch it on YouTube.

    P.S. The Louis Armstrong you did on the Java Jive performance that’s on Youtube–that was well done indeed!

  30. Ross says:

    Hi Tim: We raised our daughters on your first few albums, and we’ve been to many of your concerts in Phoenix. We brought the husbands along, when they signed on. Now we have four grandchildren, ages 6 through 9 (Ryan, Bella, Alex and Joseph) Your show at the MIM on November 30th will be their “first concert”. If you could acknowledge them, or allow a photo to be taken with them, that would make the occasion an even more cherished memory for the entire family. Thanks

  31. Ron M'Sadoques says:

    Tim,

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Blue Note on Saturday! Hope you guys can close with Nightingale!

  32. Ric Craig says:

    Tim , saw your show last night in TO.. Im a drummer that lives here in LA, (TO) and im friends with Steve Haas. Loved the show. Brought back many memories of college listening to your albums and all the amazing studio musicians you had play on your albums.. and of course your harmonies are off the charts!!! didnt know you were from Long beach island. Have many memories of Beach Haven. My cousin had a beach house there that I used to go to in the summer from Cleveland. Many many memories… i heard its all gone…. very sad….. :-(

  33. Phil Mattson says:

    For everyone: Just WONDERFUL hearing you last night. The second show was so fun and musical.
    Thanks for it and for everything. All the best and “Happy Holidays”
    Phil

  34. Roz says:

    Manhattan Tranfer a magical group when was your first tour in the UK?

  35. Renee Thompson-Flores says:

    TMT,
    I’m not sure if this message will find you, but I had to share how you’ve touched my life. I’ve been a fan for 30 years, but my 11 yr old daughter has discovered you and become an even bigger fan. Madison is Asperger’s, a type of autism, she’s highly functioning, but has her moments and to watch her engage and analyze your harmonies is wonderful. She shares her collection with anyone who will listen. Thought you may want to know how your timeless style and energy is reaching a whole new generation. We’ll see you at the Birchmere on March 29th, but I wont have a chance to say “Thank You” for touching her and us as you do.

  36. Dear Renee,
    What a beautiful note… Thank you for sharing.
    If you and Madison have a chance to see us live again ~ we’ll be back at the Birchmere next year – please let us know. We’d love to say “Hello”. ;)

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