RIP: Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, 1941-2014

Tim Hauser
Tim Hauser

Tim Hauser, the founder and guiding force behind Manhattan Transfer, the Grammy Award-winning jazz vocal group, died on Thursday, October 16 in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was 72 years old.

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.

  1. Dave Render says

    Sad Sad Sad. It’s hard to think of the group continuing on without him.

  2. Peter Lesser says

    Just a note that the Manhattan Transfer returned yet again to The Egg on January 26, 2013 for a sold out show – a great night – with many stories from Tim about growing up in the area.

  3. Andrzej Pilarczyk says

    Peter Lesser is absolutely right. The Transfer were fantastic (as usual) and had fun on stage and with the audience. Here is my posting of some
    shots from that concert on :

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