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Manhattan Transfer brings harmony to the Pikes Peak Center

February 13, 2014 Updated: February 13, 2014 at 9:29 am
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photo - The Manhattan Transfer will perform at the Pikes Peak Center Thursday.
The Manhattan Transfer will perform at the Pikes Peak Center Thursday. 

7 p.m. Thursday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $38-$42.50; 520-7469, ticketswest.com.

The jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer has spent 43 years belting out four-part harmony.

"There is something to vibration," says Alan Paul, the tenor in the Grammy Award-winning group. "The harmony has a particular vibration that affects people on a subconscious level."

They'll perform at the Pikes Peak Center on Thursday, but without regular member Cheryl Bentyne, who's in treatment for a recurrence of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Los Angeles singer Katie Campbell will replace her.

The show is what Paul calls a "living room show." The four singers will be joined by a pianist on stage.

"We're going to do a retrospective of the group, and we're going to tell some stories we normally don't tell," he says, "and do music that covers our career. It's a little bit different than usual. People kept asking us questions about our history and the songs and where they come from, so we decided to incorporate it."

Like many groups, The Manhattan Transfer has gone through a handful of lineup changes since forming in 1969. Paul joined in 1973, and after Bentyne came on board in 1978, the lineup stayed steady with Tim Hauser and Janis Siegel until 2011, when she was diagnosed with cancer.

With more than four decades of music in the till, and almost 30 albums, many are familiar with their renditions of songs like "Boy From New York City," "Operator," "Route 66" and "Java Jive." The group's last album, "The Chick Corea Songbook," was released in 2009. Without Bentyne, plans for the future are on hold, Paul says.

That longtime foothold in music history is another reason audiences come to see them.

"It's also the nostalgia of coming to hear us," Paul says. "It brings back something to them. There's a pleasant memory connected to it."

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

 

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Valentine's Day Thai Yoga Class - With Kat Tudor, rose tea and scones after class, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Manitou Bindu, inside Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $15, $25 couple; 344-5970, manitou bindu.com. For more Valentine's Day events, go to Page 12.

 

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