Janis-SiegelOver the past three decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer’s diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a member of this 32-year musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise.

Over the years, Janis’s unmistakable voice has become one of the Transfer’s most recognizable
trademarks. She sang lead on some of their biggest hits, such as “Operator,” “Chanson D’Amour,” “Twilight Zone,” “Birdland,” “Ray’s Rockhouse,” “Sassy,” “Spice of Life,” “Mystery,” and “The Boy from N.Y.C.” She also gained a reputation as a vocal arranger by writing five of the charts for the group’s acclaimed masterwork, Vocalese, seven charts for the group’s Grammy-winning album Brasil, and won a Grammy herself in 1980 for her arrangement of “Birdland.” In 1993, she and her Manhattan Transfer colleagues received their honorary doctorates from the Berklee School of Music, and in 1999 they were among the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

In addition to her stage and studio work with The Manhattan Transfer, she launched her solo career in 1982 with the release of Experiment in White – a rare but favorite album among Siegel’s fans. Her follow up solo effort, At Home, earned her a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocal.  Her recent recordings on the Telarc label include I Wish You Love (2002), Friday Night Special (2003) and
Sketches of Broadway (2004) which spotlights classic Broadway hits by Irving Berlin, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and others.

Siegel’s most recent collaborations and projects outside The Manhattan Transfer include touring as a member of the acclaimed improvisational vocal group, Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, an appearance as a ‘30s-style Boswellian (as in The Boswell Sisters) cowgirl on the debut album by Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione, titled 33 1/3, and being a participant alongside Luciana Souza, Mulgrew Miller and James Williams in a tribute to jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Miss Siegel was also a member of the distinguished ensemble cast debuting Cy Coleman, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s jazz song cycle, “Songs For A New Millenium,” at the Kennedy Center. She appears with her duo partner Fred Hersch on 2 Hands 10 Voices, a benefit album for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, a cause close to her heart, and also contributed three cuts to NY drummer Steve Hass’ CD, Traveler. In 2003 she was an eager participant in the Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Siegel performed to rave reviews with an all-star ensemble including Dame Cleo Lane, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Mahogany and Canadian jazz singer Denzil Sinclaire.

Siegel has also appeared on a number of motion picture soundtracks (Swing Kids, A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy and others) and performed with classical violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and the Concordia Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in 1998.

Website:  www.janissiegel.com

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JANIS SIEGEL "Midnight Sun" from Steve Lippman/FLIP on Vimeo.

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