Janis Siegel to Play Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 1/16
Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage in San Diego is presenting an event featuring Janis Siegel, nine-time Grammy winner and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer on Thursday, January 16. Siegel makes her Martinis Above Fourth debut appearance with her new show and release of her new CD, NightSongs: A Late Night Interlude. This is Janis' first solo album in seven years and features interpretations of Randy Newman, Jobim, Jorge Drexler, Janelle Monae & more. Janis is joined on stage by album collaborator and pianist John DiMartino, Boris Koslov (bass) and Steve Hass (drums).
The nine-time Grammy winner and seventeen-time Grammy nominee, Janis Siegel has over a dozen solo albums. With The Manhattan Transfer, Janis' sang lead on some of the Transfer's 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 Brazil, and won a Grammy herself in 1980 for her arrangement of "Birdland."
Her second solo album, At Home, earned her a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocals. She collaborated with jazz pianist Fred Hersch on the 1989 album, Short Stories, which JazzTimes ranked "among the most graceful, thoroughly heartbreaking efforts of the modern era, thanks to her rich, emotive vocals." That same year, the New York Music Awards named her Best Female Jazz Singer. Siegel rejoined Hersch in the making of Slow Hot Wind in 1995, and The Tender Trap in 1999.
Janis continues to tour with The Manhattan Transfer and her own band, continues to teach, and do master classes. "NightSongs", her first self- produced venture, is a collection of late night love songs, features some of N.Y.'s most inventive musicians including pianist/arranger John di Martino, Steve Khan, Dominick Farinacci, Joel Frahm, Luisito Quintero, and Christian McBride. The record continues to explore various fusions of Latin rhythm coupled with contemporary songs and a jazz/pop vocal sensibility.
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