Ventura Music Festival – Ventura CA

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

July 12th, 8pm

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

Co-Presented with The Arts Collaborative

Two acclaimed vocal groups create a thrilling concert event for all ages

Friday, July 12th at 8 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

Janis Siegel            │Manhattan Transfer – alto
Alan Paul               │Manhattan Transfer – tenor
Cheryl Bentyne       │Manhattan Transfer – soprano
Trist Cureless         │Manhattan Transfer – bass
Claude McKnight    │Take 6 – first tenor or first voice
Mark Kibble           │Take 6 – first tenor or second voice
David Thomas        │Take 6 – second tenor or third voice
Joel Kibble             │Take 6 – second tenor or fourth voice
Khristian Dentley    │Take 6 – baritone or fifth voice
Alvin Chea             │Take 6 – bass or sixth voice

The Summit is one of the most thrilling collaborations ever assembled, as two iconic vocal groups, with twenty Grammy Awards between them, have joined forces and toured for the past few years, not just as co-bills content to sing separate sets, but performing nearly a dozen songs together that feature the tightest harmonies known in the music business, as well as innovative arrangements and funky grooves in one inspirationally fluid ninety-minute set without intermission. The PBS series Soundstage broadcast The Summit concert experience last year nationwide.

The Manhattan Transfer continues in its fourth lineup to set the high bar as one of the world’s most powerful and innovative four-part harmony groups since its founding 47 years ago by Tim Hauser (1941-2014). Beginning with their first performances in the 1970s, these members of the Vocal Hall of Fame have become cornerstones of contemporary music, known for their amazing category defying versatility, and incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music. Just a few “peaks” in the quartet’s over 30 albums include Extensions, Mecca for Moderns, S/T, Brazil, Pastiche and Vocalese with 12 Grammy nominations in 1985, the most in that award’s history.

Take 6six virtuosic voices united in clear harmonies against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and popare recognized as the world’s pre-eminent a capella group or, as Quincy Jones calls them, “the baddest vocal cats on the planet.” From its first critically acclaimed and awarded eponymous release in 1988 to its most recent (2018) sixteenth album Iconic, Take 6 has remained the original torchbearer ensemble able to carry such classics as Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, Ladysmith Black Mambazo hits, Ben E. King’s Stand By Me and Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land to new heights beyond any music genre borders. The sextet has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama’s Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group originally named The Gentleman’s Estate Quartet in 1980, followed by Sounds of Distinction, then Alliance and, in 1987, Take 6.

Sponsors:  Celine Gillibrand for P.W. Gillibrand Co., Inc.
                Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service FD#883
                Pierpont Racquet Club
                The Children’s Workshop (formerly The Arts Collaborative)