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Cheryl Bentyne Trio
August 04, 2013
Of the 10-Time GRAMMY-winning vocal group The Manhattan Transfer
Sunday, August 4
Cheryl Bentyne - vocals
Larry Dunlap - piano
Dan Feiszli - bass
Jason Lewis - drums
When Cheryl Bentyne joined The Manhattan Transfer in 1979, everything became “just right.” It has been with her that the group has attained its status as the most successful harmony group of all time – each part coming together with an unmistakable chemistry that not only nurtures the group as a whole, but also lets the individual contributions of each partner come through. Cherylʼs are obvious: From her memorable solo in “Meet Benny Bailey” to her portrayal of Lucy in the “Blee Blop Blues” video to her exquisite voicing of Django Reinhardtʼs guitar solo on “Clouds” (adapted from Nuages) on SWING, as well as the most recent critically acclaimed Miles Davis solo on TUTU, from Vibrate. Her talents are much of what is The Manhattan Transfer.
So how did it all get started?
In June of 1979, after having already paid plenty of dues, Cheryl was coming out of The Baked Potato, a small jazz club in LA, when her manager asked her if she would like to audition for a spot in The Manhattan Transfer. This was the chance she had been waiting for in her career. She remembers being ecstatic and says that her scream of excitement could be heard for blocks. She was even more excited when she later nailed the audition, and became a member of The Manhattan Transfer.
Cherylʼs energy and style turned out to be the perfect compliment to the groupʼs already dynamic image. Her debut album with the group was Extensions, which was a landmark album for the group. Cheryl has expanded her talent beyond singing to include composing and vocal arranging. She won a Grammy Award in 1985 with Bobby McFerrin for their vocal arrangement of “Another Night In Tunisia,” from Vocalese. She also co-wrote the lyrics to “Sassy,” from Offbeat of Avenues.
Today, Cheryl not only logs over 200 live performances per year with The Manhattan Transfer, but also wows listeners with her exquisite solo performances, as evidenced on her most recent solo release, Let's Misbehave: The Cole Porter Songbook (Summit Records).