RIP: Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, 1941-2014
Hauser was a native of Troy, and he brought Manhattan Transfer back to the Capital Region on a regular basis since the group first formed in 1969 – playing a wide variety of Local 518 venues from J.B. Scott’s to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.
The group’s most recent local performance was at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in September, 2009 in celebration of their 40th anniversary. During the concert, he noted that he has a favorite dining spot that he visits every time he plays a homecoming concert. “Whenever I’m in Albany, there’s one place I always go – Jack’s,” Hauser told the crowd. “I was there today for lunch,” he added – oysters and clams.
Although the group’s line-up was fluid in their early days, the vocal quartet’s personnel of Hauser, Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne and Janis Siegel had been intact since 1978, and according to the latest posting on the group’s website, “We will continue to tour as scheduled and continue to share Tim’s incredible musical legacy…” Upcoming performances include a four-night run at the Blue Note in NYC beginning on Thursday, November 6.
Manhattan Transfer’s brilliant 1985 album, Vocalese, garnered 12 Grammy nominations — second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller for the most in history.