The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music, combine forces at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall to create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!
Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world's greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Winners of 10 Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet now consists of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano) and newcomer Trist Cureless (bass), who replaced founder Tim Hauser following his passing in 2014. Defying categorization, The Manhattan Transfer became the first act to win Grammy Awards in the pop and jazz categories in one year, 1981: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Boy From New York City" (a cover of the 1964 song by The Ad Libs), and Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group for "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)."
Beginning with their first performances in the 1970s, the members of the Vocal Hall of Fame have become cornerstones of contemporary music, known for their amazing versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music.
Take 6, the most awarded a cappella vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award and more), recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley) is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius.
Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and they’ve never slowed down. They've also garnered awards beyond the musical category—a Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations.