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The Manhattan Transfer (1972 – Present)
Founding member of the world’s pre-eminent vocal group, interpreting American music from Swing to Rock and Pop to vocalese and Rhythm and Blues. Over the years, Janis has sung lead on many of the Manhattan Transfer’s biggest hits, including “Operator,” “Twilight Zone,” “The Boy from New York City,” “Mystery,” “Spice of Life,” “Shaker Song,” “Birdland,” “Ray’s Rockhouse,” and the 5-million selling “Chanson D’Amour.” Janis co-produced the group’s Pastiche album, and has arranged many of the vocals on the Transfer’s 18 albums, yielding her a Grammy for Best Vocal Arrangement for “Birdland.” In 1991, Janis co-wrote and sang lead on the Grammy-winning performance for “Sassy.”

Solo Work
Janis has mounted regular solo singing projects and tours throughout the years when not recording or touring with The Manhattan Transfer. She has toured all throughout the United States, is eagerly anticipating her first solo European tour in Spring 2005, and has recently performed in Panama. Her first solo album, Experiment in White, was released in 1981. At Home, her second solo effort, garnered Janis a Grammy nomination for Best Female Jazz Vocal. In 1985, Janis joined Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves in a group called “Sing, Sing, Sing” and performed to raves at The Playboy Jazz Festival and The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Other solo performances include the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Tri-C Jazz Festival, The North Beach Jazz Festival and stints at Birdland in NYC and the Blue Note in NYC and Tokyo. Janis has an ongoing duo collaboration with pianist Fred Hersch. Their first album, Short Stories, earned another Grammy nomination in 1989. The second album with Fred Hersch, Slow Hot Wind, was released in 1995 on Varese/Sarabande Records. Janis and Fred have toured extensively in the U.S. and Japan, and have also done radio concerts, T.V. and private dates. Her fifth solo album entitled The Tender Trap was released by Monarch Records in 1999, was produced and arranged by Fred Hersch, and featured Russell Malone, Matt Wilson, Victor Lewis, Michael Brecker and Hank Crawford. I Wish You Love, released in 2002, marked her first CD for the Telarc label and a return to working with longtime collaborator and friend Joel Dorn. Friday Night Special followed in 2003 featuring soul jazz and bluesy grooves with a first-rate organ/tenor ensemble consisting of Joey DeFrancesco and Houston Person. Her most recent Telarc release, 2004’s Sketches of Broadway, was produced and arranged by longtime friend Gil Goldstein.

Early Efforts
Janis has been singing professionally since the age of twelve. At that age, she formed an all-girl acoustic guitar/vocal trio called The Young Generation. She wrote, sang and played guitar for the group. Richard Perry produced their records for Red Bird Records and Kapp Records. In 1970, the group metamorphosed into Laurel Canyon, playing and recording in New York and Nashville.

Awards

9 Grammy Awards
17 Grammy Nominations
New York Music Award – Best Jazz Vocalist – 1990
New York Music Award Nominations – Best Jazz Vocalist – 1991, 1992
1994 Playboy Magazine Critics Poll – Best Jazz Vocal Group (with The Manhattan Transfer)
Downbeat Magazine Poll – Best Jazz Vocal Group (with The Manhattan Transfer) – 1980 – 1990
Honorary Doctor of Music, Berklee School of Music – 1993
Inductee Vocal Group Hall of Fame – 1998
MAC Lifetime Achievement Award – 2004

Television
With The Manhattan Transfer:

The Manhattan Transfer Show (CBS Television Series) – 1975
Numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, Soul Train, Emeril Live; various variety specials, European, British and Japanese television, Disney special, Coming Home, and Showtime special, Vocalese

As a Solo Artist:

In Food Today, CNN (live concert – Entertainment Today) – 1999
Today Show, New Visions, VH-1 (Guest VJ)
A and E An Evening at the Improv (Guest Host) – 1989

Limited Discography
With The Manhattan Transfer:

An Acapella Christmas (King Records, 2004)
Vibrate (Telarc, 2004)
Spirit of St. Louis (Atlantic, 2000)
Swing (Atlantic, 1997)
Tonin’ (Atlantic, 1995)
Tubby the Tuba (Summit, 1994)
Best of the Best (Rhino, 1994)
The Christmas Album (Columbia, 1992)
Down in Birdland (Boxed Set Anthology) (Rhino, 1992)
The Offbeat of Avenues (Columbia, 1991)
Brasil (Atlantic, 1987)
Live in Tokyo (Atlantic, 1987)
Vocalese (Atlantic, 1985)
Bop Doo Wopp (Atlantic, 1985)
Bodies and Souls (Atlantic, 1983)
Best of The Manhattan Transfer (Atlantic, 1981)
Mecca For Moderns (Atlantic, 1981)
Extensions (Atlantic, 1979)
T.M.T. Live (Atlantic, 1978)
Pastiche (Atlantic, 1978)
Coming Out (Atlantic, 1976)
The Manhattan Transfer (Atlantic, 1975)

Solo:

Sketches of Broadway (Telarc, 2004) – Produced by Gil Goldstein
Friday Night Special (Telarc, 2003) – Produced by Joel Dorn
I Wish You Love (Telarc, 2002) – Produced by Joel Dorn
The Tender Trap (Monarch, 1999) – Produced by Fred Hersch
“The Nearness of You” – from Fred Hersch and Friends – The Duo Album (Classical Action, 1997
Slow Hot Wind (Varese/Sarabande, 1995) – Produced by Janis Siegel and Fred Hersch
“More Than You know” – from Last Night When We Were Young (Classical Action, 1994)
Short Stories (Atlantic, 1989) – Produced by Janis Siegel and Fred Hersch
At Home (Atlantic, 1986) – Produced by Steve Miller
Experiment in White (Atlantic, 1981) – Produced by Joel Dorn

Other Solo Work:

Current member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra
Featured participant in “Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl” program Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Children’s Jazz Concert for WBGO, Newark, NJ, w/pianist Renee Rosne
Performances in Tokyo with jazz trumpet player Terumasa Hino, 2002
Featured Vocalist on “Latin Wonder” percussionist Frank Colon’s Latin album of Stevie Wonder tunes
Ultimate Mancini (Tambourine Records, January 2001)
Ultimate Ellington (Monarch Records, 1988)
Performance with Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and the Concordia Orchestra: “Humoresque – A Night at the Movies” Alice Tully Hall, 1998
Featured singer on Bobby McFerrin’s album Circlesongs
Duet with Natalie Cole “Two For The Blues” on the album Stardust
Beaux Arts String Quartet and Janis Siegel
Mimaroglu String Quartet No.4: “Like There’s Tomorrow”
Collaborations with Jay McShann, Richie Cole, Lou Soloff, Jason Miles, The Frank and Joe Show, and radio artist Joe Frank
“Morning Goes Messhugge” (1986 – 1989) Regular guest in KCRW – LA radio’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and “Cafe LA” with Tom Schnabel. Acting as programmer, DJ, and performer
KCRW live concerts with Dave Frishberg, Alan Broadbent and Fred Hersch
Clinician at high schools and colleges, 2000 – Present

Soundtracks

A League of Their Own (with The Manhattan Transfer)
“Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” (also vocal arranger)
“Sunny Side of the Street” (also vocal arranger)
Swing Kids (solo vocal)
“Bei Meir bis du Schoen”
Dick Tracy (vocal with Cheryl Bentyne and Lorraine Feather)
“Back In Business” (also vocal arranger)
Hudson Hawk (vocal group)
“Swingin’ On a Star” (also vocal arranger)
Sharkey’s Machine (with The Manhattan Transfer)
“Route 66” (Grammy Award winner)

Commercials (with The Manhattan Transfer and solo):
United States:

Diet Coke, American Express, Sara Lee, NY Bell Telephone, Fruit ‘n’ Fiber, Sugar-Free Dr. Pepper, Acura

Japan:

VSOP Brandy, Isetan Department Stores