The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 recently began a special collaborationperforming together for the first time! Combining their musical alchemy (not the least of which collectively includes 20 Grammy Awards) has produced the tour "The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6."
Heading to Playhouse Square's State Theatre Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at playhousesquare.org and 216-241-6000.
During their "Summit" concerts, each act will perform a set, culminating with a duet featuring the tightest harmonies in the music business, as well as innovative arrangements and funky grooves. The two groups are known for their ability to move effortlessly among a wide range of styles from jazz to swing, pop and gospel to R&B.
The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great jazz and pop hits that earned them induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their first hit, "Operator," was followed by the history making "The Boy From New York City" making them the first group to win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year. The 12 Grammy nominations they received for their album Vocalese in 1985 made it the second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller as most nominated album in one year, and cemented the group's status as one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music. "Route 66" and their rendition of "Birdland" are yet more memorable classics of their 19 singles and 29 albums over their stellar career. With worldwide record sales in the millions, their melodic and jazz infused vocals continue to bring audiences back year after year spanning generations.
Take 6 has been recognized as the quintessential a capella group in virtually every genre. They were inducted last year into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, from whom they have received 10 Dove Awards in addition to their Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year and more.