The Manhattan Transfer Comes to Picnic with the Pops Tonight

The Manhattan Transfer Comes to Picnic with the Pops Tonight

Over 25 years and 30 albums, eight-time Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer continues to delight audiences worldwide. Best known for their live performances and stellar jazz singing, these harmonizing legends perform such hits as "Tuxedo Junction," "Route 66," "Spice of Life," "Java Jive," and many more.

Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops presents The Manhattan Transfer at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons tonight, July 19. Gates open at 6 pm. Concert begins at 8 pm.

Tickets are $23 for adults when purchased in advance by phone at 614.228.8600, online at or, in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), or at central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations. Adult tickets are $25 at the gate on the night of the show. Tickets for children ages 3-14 are always $8 regardless of when or where they are purchased. Children 2 and under are free.

Tim Hauser - Hauser founded the first Manhattan Transfer group in 1969, and made one album, Jukin'. Following the group's demise, he worked as a New York City cab driver, and eventually founded the current Manhattan Transfer group in 1972. Hauser is also a producer, having produced about half of the Transfers albums, the soundtrack for The Marrying Man, cuts on A League of Their Own, and Richie Cole's Hollywood Madness. He also appeared as Woody the bandleader in The Marrying Man, and was recently featured in the Hugh Hefner documentary, Hugh Hefner, Playboy, Activist, and Rebel. He is the owner of Tim Hauser Foods, a manufacturer of boutique pasta sauce, and is also featured on Sirius XM's "Fifties on 5" and "Sixties on 6."

Alan Paul - Paul is one of the founding members of The Manhattan Transfer and a nine-time Grammy Award winner.

His contributions as writer and arranger are also well represented in his four Grammy nominations for his compositions "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone and Code of Ethics" and vocal arrangements for "Ray's Rockhouse." He also received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Jazz Vocalist for "Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford" (from Vocalese). Some of the other songs he has penned include, "Smile Again," "Spies in the Night," "Malaise en Malaisie," "All Heart," "The Quitetude," "What Goes Around Comes Around," "Santa Man," "It's Good Enough to Keep," "Stompin' at Mahogany Hall," "Nothin' Could Be Hotter Than That," and "Ragtime in Pixiland." Paul holds two Honorary Doctorate degrees-one in the humanities from his alma mater Kean University, and another in music from the Berklee School of Music, along with his partners.

Janis Siegel - Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner with an additional 17 Grammy nominations, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this 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. Siegel's unmistakable voice has become one of the group's most recognizable trademarks. She sang lead on some of Transfer's biggest hits, including "Operator," "Chanson D'Amour," "Twilight Zone," "Birdland," "The Boy from NYC," "Spice of Life," "Ray's Rockhouse," "The Shaker Song," "Mystery," and co-wrote and sang lead on the Grammy-winning "Sassy." 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 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.