July 23, 1952 |
Brooklyn, New York United States
|Genres||A cappella, jazz fusion, pop, gospel|
|Years active||1965 – current|
|Labels||Atlantic/Music for Pleasure, Capitol, Telarc, Monarch, Red Bird Records|
|Associated acts||The Manhattan Transfer, Young Generation, Requinte Trio|
Janis Siegel (born July 23, 1952) is an American Jazz singer with the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer (1972–present). 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.
Awards and nominations
Her first solo album, Experiment in White, was released in 1981, and her second album, At Home, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Jazz Vocalist. Siegel is a Grammy Award winner as a member of The Manhattan Transfer.
In 1985, Siegel joined Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin and Dianne Reeves in a group called Sing, Sing, Sing. In 2015, in collaboration with John DiMartino and Nanny Assis (Requinte Trio) Siegel released a Brazilian jazz album "Honey & Air' She is currently a member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra and Requinte Trio
- Experiment In White (Atlantic, 1981)
- At Home (Atlantic, 1986)
- Short Stories (Atlantic, 1989) – with Fred Hersch
- Slow Hot Wind (Varese Sarabande, 1995) – with Fred Hersch
- The Tender Trap (Monarch, 1999) – featuring Russell Malone, Matt Wilson, Victor Lewis, Michael Brecker, Hank Crawford
- I Wish You Love (Telarc, 2002)
- Friday Night Special (Telarc, 2003) – featuring Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person
- Sketches Of Broadway (Telarc, 2004)
- A Thousand Beautiful Things (Telarc, 2006)
- Night Songs: A Late Night Interlude (Palmetto, 2013)
- Some Other Time (Act, 2016) – with Nils Landgren
- Warner, Jay. "The Manhattan Transfer (Inducted 1998)". The Manhattan Transfer (Inducted 1998). Vocal Group Hall of Fame Publications. Retrieved 1 May 2011.