Ten voices strong and with 20 Grammy Awards between them, the combined forces of vocal group Manhattan Transfer and male gospel ensemble Take 6 deliver an evening of pristine voices raised in song. The unprecedented first meeting of this supergroup was the subject of a PBS special called The Summit, and now the groups come to Berkeley with a rousing program. The two groups sing separately and together—both a cappella and backed by a live band—and then join forces for a friendly “battle of the bands.” Expect hits like “Operator,” “Birdland,” “Boy From New York City,” and “Route 66,” plus music by Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, favorites from the Great American Songbook, and new arrangements prepared just for this tour.
Pictured: The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 perform Thursday, March 17, 2022
(credit: Courtesy of the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6)