With all respect to Boyz II Men, the two best vocal groups out there are Take 6 and The Manhattan Transfer.
Even though their live shows include a backing band, these two groups do not need them. If you have ever heard any of their performances, they are two self contained units.
The two groups will continue to tour together as we stroll through February of 2017.
The Manhattan Transfer
The Manhattan Transfer has been an active vocal group since 1969. To be recording and performing for that long, you will definitely have some lineup changes. They are currently on their fourth permanent lineup, but the vocal quality still remains the same.
Here are just a few of the accolades they have received:
- Inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame – 1988
- Winner of several Grammy Awards
- First to win a Pop and Jazz Grammy in same year
Even though The Manhattan Transfer has been a vocal jazz group, they also have explored other styles, including Doo-Wopp, Swing, and R&B.
Starting out as the Gentlemen’s Estates Quartet in 1980. They later changed their name to Alliance, then when they were about to sign their record deal in 1988, they discovered that someone else had that name. They then changed their name to Take 6. There were six members in the group, and it was a take on the Jazz Standard, Take 5.
They have released 10 albums, and their latest, Believe, came out in 2016.
Here are some of their career highlights:
- Multiple Grammy Award winner
- Ten Dove Awards (Gospel Awards)
- Performed for four sitting US Presidents
- Recorded the theme song for the TV show Martin
- First group to perform in Cuba after relations were restored
They have recorded and performed with just about everyone, including Quincy Jones, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, and Sheryl Crow.
These two groups will make stops in California, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia.