Past Meetup

SOLD OUT - Janis Siegel - Manhattan Transfer / Nighttown


Founding member of Legendary Vocal Group The Manhattan Transfer Janis Siegel leads All-Star Group at Nighttown! Featuring: John DiMartino-piano, & Boris Kozlov-acoustic bass.

Nighttown on Saturday, January 18th - a very special show!

Dinner at 7 p.m. – Show at 8:30 p.m.
Regular Admission is $25 but just $15 for the first ten RSVPs! - A 40-percent discount - for Members of Music Cleveland!

Dinner: Prime Rib, Dublin Lawyer or maybe a Blooms Burger smothered in mushrooms!
Time: Around 5 p.m. or when convenient
Location: Nighttown



When: @ 8:30 p.m.

Where: Nighttown on Cedar Hill

With: Music Cleveland! Jazz Lovers

$15 A 40-percent discount for Music Cleveland! Just $15! Reservations limited first 10, all others will pay the full $25.

The first 10 members posting a RSVP will be added to the VIP List for discount admission. Our VIP list will be held at the door. When you RSVP you will be asked to provide a phone number and email just in the event that we need to communicate with you quickly. Then your name will be added to the VIP list!

Once we reach the 10 maximum, there will be a waiting list available. As time gets close to the show date, we always have some cancellations so worry not.

Dinner: Nighttown, before, during or after show (not required)

Time: Arrival around 7 p.m. or whatever is convenient. Don't be late or your seat may disappear - unless you let us know in advance.

Location: Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216.795.0550

There will be valet parking and plenty of spots on nearby side streets. There is a municipal parking lot just west and behind the tavern with a driveway entrance on Cedar. It is metered parking (well enforced) so bring plenty of quarters.

Nighttown Restaurant & Jazz Club

12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill)
Cleveland Heights

Nighttown is named after the Dublin Red-Light district in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It offers the ambiance of Irish pubs and turn-of-the-century New York bars and the food is great.

Map to Nighttown (click here) (,-81.589494&sspn=0.011828,0.040169&ie=UTF8&ll=41.502439,-81.592798&spn=0.011828,0.040169&z=15)

Over the past three and a half decades, the voice of Janis Siegel -- a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee -- has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a member of this 36-year musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise.

Siegel learned about the music business at an early age. By the time she was 12, she was singing with an all-girl pop trio called The Young Generation. "When Motown became popular, I fell head over heels for it, as well as for people like Aretha Franklin. And of course, I went insane over the Beatles. But I also loved Barbra Streisand. And living in Brooklyn, I saw a lot of Broadway shows too." On the jazz side, she remembers John Coltrane as her musical idol during her high school and college years. But it was a chance encounter that steered her into The Manhattan Transfer.

Janis Siegel met Tim Hauser at a party, and he asked her to sing on some demos he'd been working on. Soon Hauser invited Siegel to join a four-part vocal group that he'd been trying to reconstruct. When she joined Hauser, Laurel Massé and Alan Paul, the Manhattan Transfer was born. The group's self-titled debut album in 1975 ushered in a renaissance in vocal-based music and marked the opening chapter of the foursome's quarter-century-plus success story.

Over the years, Janis' unmistakable voice has become one of the group's most recognizable trademarks. She sang lead on some of the Transfer's biggest hits, such as "Operator," "Chanson D'Amour," "Twilight Zone," "Birdland," "Ray's Rockhouse," "Sassy," "Spice of Life," "Mystery," and "The Boy from N.Y.C." She also gained a reputation as a vocal arranger by writing five of the charts for the group's acclaimed masterwork, Vocalese, seven charts for the group's Grammy-winning album Brasil, and won a Grammy herself in 1980 for her arrangement of "Birdland." In 1993, she and her Manhattan Transfer colleagues received their honorary doctorates from the Berklee School of Music, and in 1999 they were among the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

But Siegel has been riding a dual career track for nearly two decades. She launched her solo career in 1982 on Atlantic Records with the release of Experiment in White produced by Joel Dorn. Her followup solo effort, At Home, earned her a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocal.

Janis continues to tour with The Manhattan Transfer and her own band, with her newest solo release “NightSongs” on Palmetto Records this past September. This latest project, her first self- produced venture, is a collection of late night love songs, features some of N.Y.’s most inventive musicians including pianist/arranger John di Martino, Steve Khan, Dominick Farinacci, Joel Frahm , Luisito Quintero and Christian McBride.

You don’t want to miss one of the most celebrated female vocalists in jazz today when Janie Siegel returns to Nighttown.

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