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The Manhattan Transfer is the name of two incarnations of an American vocal group, with Tim Hauser being the only link between the two groups. The group's name comes from John Dos Passos' 1925 novel Manhattan Transfer and reflects their New York origins.

The first group, established in New York City in 1969, disbanded after producing a single album, Jukin' (1971). This article focuses on the second line-up which was set up in 1972 and is still together as of 2008. It is famous for mixing jazz, big band, and popular music styles.

The current group was founded in 1972 by singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Laurel Massé and Tim Hauser. Performances at Max's Kansas City, Trude Heller's and Reno Sweeney in New York City soon brought them a cult following, and it was at the latter venue that Ahmet Ertegün, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, saw them and offered a recording contract which led to the release, in 1975, of their first album under the new line-up, The Manhattan Transfer. The album included the group's first hit single, the gospel tune "Operator".

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Performer:  Manhatten Transfer
Release Date:  February 1, 1994
Label:  Rhino
Genre:  Vocal Jazz
Release Date:  February 1, 1994
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A wide variety of material in their own inimitable style.
They have been around for nearly four decades now.  This group has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working and most versatile acts in show business.  The Manhattan Transfer made a decision years ago not to concentrate on any one particular style of music.  It was surely the right choice because Manhattan Transfer continues to perform to this day their unique blend of bebop, fusion jazz, pop and doowop to enthusiastic audiences all over the world.      …
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