Janis Siegel

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Janis Siegel
Manhattan Transfer.jpg
From left to right: Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Tim Hauser
Background information
Born (1952-07-23) July 23, 1952 (age 66)
Brooklyn, New York
GenresVocal jazz, a cappella, pop
Years active1965–present
LabelsAtlantic, Varèse Sarabande, Monarch, Telarc, Palmetto, ACT
Associated actsYoung Generation, The Manhattan Transfer, Fred Hersch, Requinite Trio

Janis Siegel (born July 23, 1952) is an American jazz singer with the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.

Musical career[edit]

In 1965 Siegel recorded with a group called Young Generation on Red Bird Records. In 1972 the original Manhattan Transfer had disbanded, and founder Tim Hauser re-formed the group with different singers, including Siegel. This incarnation of the group has enjoyed international popularity, covering songs from the 1930s through the 1980s in a variety of genres including jazz fusion, R&B, pop, and doo wop. The group has received 10 Grammy Awards during Siegel's ongoing tenure, and was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.[1]

In 1985, Siegel joined Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin and Dianne Reeves in a group called Sing, Sing, Sing. In 2015, she released Honey & Air, a collaboration with John DiMartino and Nanny Assis as the Requinite Trio. She has also been a member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra.


She won ten Grammys as a member of the Manhattan Transfer. Her first solo album, Experiment in White, was released in 1981. Her second album, At Home, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female.

In 1993, Siegel was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.[2]


  • Experiment in White (Atlantic, 1981)
  • At Home (Atlantic, 1986)
  • Short Stories (Atlantic, 1989) with Fred Hersch
  • Slow Hot Wind (Varèse Sarabande, 1995) with Fred Hersch
  • The Tender Trap (Monarch, 1999)
  • I Wish You Love (Telarc, 2002)
  • Friday Night Special (Telarc, 2003)
  • Sketches of Broadway (Telarc, 2004)
  • A Thousand Beautiful Things (Telarc, 2006)
  • That Old Mercer Magic, Jalala with Laurel Massé, Lauren Kinhan (Dare, 2009)
  • Night Songs: A Late Night Interlude (Palmetto, 2013)
  • Honey and Air, as the Requinite Trio (ArtistShare, 2015)
  • Some Other Time (ACT, 2016) with Nils Landgren


  1. ^ Warner, Jay. "The Manhattan Transfer (Inducted 1998)". The Manhattan Transfer (Inducted 1998). Vocal Group Hall of Fame Publications. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Janis Siegel". The Manhattan Transfer. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2018.

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