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Season Finale with The Manhattan Transfer

Press Releases - August 20, 2012

His dream was to form a harmony vocal quartet. Tim Hauser was just trying to pay his bills by driving a New York City taxi in the fall of 1972, when an aspiring young singer by the name of Laurel Masse needed a cab. A few weeks later, one of his fares by the name of Janis Siegel agreed to help him out on some demos. Shortly thereafter, Masse introduced Hauser and Siegel to Alan Paul who was at the time co-starring in the Broadway production of Grease. The result was one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music.

The Manhattan Transfer will perform at the Kingswood Arts Center on Friday, August 24 at 8pm. Tickets are available by calling the Great Waters Music Festival office at 569-7710, stopping by the office at 15 Varney Road, Wolfeboro, or on line at

Hauser grew up in New Jersey and began to sing professionally at the age of 15. A graduate of Villanova, he began his adult career in marketing. Because of his love for music and his strong desire to sing, Hauser left the Madison Avenue scene in the late 60s and formed the first version of The Manhattan Transfer. Due to differences of opinions among members of the group as to which direction they should take, the group disbanded in the early 70s.

In 1972, Hauser, Masse, Siegel and Paul became the second version of The Manhattan Transfer and they released their self-titled debut in 1975. A single from the album, “Operator,” gave the group its first national hit, eventually peaking in the Top 20.

In 1978, Masse was injured in an automobile accident and decided not to rejoin the group in California after her convalescence. Cheryl Bentyne, a member of The New Deal Rhythm Band, auditioned for the spot and was chosen to become a partner in the group. Their first Grammy Award was for Best Jazz Fusion Performance of “Birdland”. In 1981, the group made music history when they became the first group to win Grammy Awards for both pop and jazz categories in the same year. Since then they have won 10 Grammy Awards and been nominated for 17. Their album “Vocalese” earned 12 Grammy nominations. Their greatest hits include “Boy from New York”, “Route 66”, “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” and “Birdland”. In 1998 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and in the fall of 2011, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, the group began work on a new album of previously recorded but never finished songs.

The Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical and educational performances to those living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. For more information about the Festival or to become a volunteer, please contact General Manager Michael Harrison at 569-7710. 

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