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Janis Siegel: Janis Siegel - Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude

Read "Janis Siegel - Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Janis Siegel is the mezzo-soprano/alto quarter of the Manhattan Transfer as well as half of the female contingency of the same with soprano Cheryl Bentyne. Like Bentyne, Siegel has managed a very successful solo career, releasing ten recordings since 1981. Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude follows 2006's A Thousand Beautiful Things (Telarc, 2006) and 2004's Sketches of Broadway (Telarc). Siegel is a wholesale master of jazz vocals subgenre: ballads, scats, bop, she competently does them all. Nightsongs endeavors a ...

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Take Five With Janis Siegel

Read "Take Five With Janis Siegel" reviewed by Janis Siegel


Meet Janis Siegel: Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, 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 almost a dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise. Janis continues ...

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Janis Siegel: A Thousand Beautiful Things

Read "A Thousand Beautiful Things" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Janis Siegel is amazing. One of the principal voices behind The Manhattan Transfer from the start, she's also an accomplished solo artist. And the fascinating thing is, you never really know what she's going to do next. Enter A Thousand Beautiful Things. The title may be misleading, because each note counts from the first track to the last, adding up to tens of thousands of beautiful things on this album. A nine-time Grammy winner and seventeen-time Grammy ...

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Janis Siegel: A Thousand Beautiful Things

Read "A Thousand Beautiful Things" reviewed by Jim Santella


The key word from the title of this latest release by singer Janis Siegel is beautiful. She interprets this lovely program of mainstream songs in such a way that we're able to sit back and reflect on the beauty that each one holds. Her message is sincere. Hers isn't some groove shop exercise where she entertains us with vocal acrobatics and whiz-bang instrumental technique. No, Siegel performs with genuine sincerity and delivers a message that reaches home, communicating with her ...

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Janis Siegel: Sketches of Broadway

Read "Sketches of Broadway" reviewed by Jim Santella


Her vibrant tone and spot-on technique place Janis Siegel among the elite in contemporary jazz song. Each performance demonstrates her superior vocal acrobatics.

This collection of Broadway favorites includes glimpses from Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Mame, and several others. Siegel interprets each with authority. Her heartfelt anguish over a piece from St. Louis Woman issues forth decisively. There’s little left unspoken. She reminds us, with charming demeanor, of the ...

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Janis Siegel: Sketches of Broadway

Read "Sketches of Broadway" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Manhattan Transfer singers Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne have been responsible for the most durable recordings in the Telarc Jazz warehouse. To date, Ms. Siegel has released or been included on five Telarc releases: Couldn't be Hotter (with the Manhattan Transfer), Got Swing (with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), I Wish You Love , Friday Night Special , and now, Sketches of Broadway.

Departing from Tin Pan Alley and jazz standards, Ms. Siegel has prepared an ...

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Album Review

Janis Seigel: Friday Night Special

Read "Friday Night Special" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


As a founding member of the Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel need not prove her jazz credentials. She has been recording as a vocal leader since 1982, when she released Experiment in White on Atlantic. She has released six more recordings since that time, including the well received Tender Trap , I Wish You Love , and now Friday Night Special.

Friday Night Special departs form Ms. Siegel’s earlier recordings in that her band is pared down to the bare essentials—in ...


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