Janis Siegel

Janis Siegel is a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee. Janis Siegel has over a dozen solo albums and has amassed a large international fan base to consistently high critical praise.

With The Manhattan Transfer, Janis’ 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 Brazil, and won a Grammy herself in 1980 for her arrangement of “Birdland.”

Her second solo album, At Home, earned her a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocals. She collaborated with jazz pianist Fred Hersch on the 1989 album, Short Stories, which JazzTimes ranked “among the most graceful, thoroughly heartbreaking efforts of the modern era, thanks to her rich, emotive vocals.” That same year, the New York Music Awards named her Best Female Jazz Singer. Siegel rejoined Hersch in the making ofSlow Hot Wind in 1995, and The Tender Trap in 1999 and included high-profile players like Michael Brecker, Hank Crawford, Russell Malone and Matt Wilson.

Through it all, diversity has been a hallmark of Siegel’s career. Some of her favorite collaborations over the years have been with Turkish modern classical composer Ilhan Mimaroglu and the Beaux Arts String Quartet in a musical and spoken word project called “Like There’s Tomorrow,” as well as projects with the legendary Jay McShann, Lew Soloff, Australian flautist Jane Rutter, The Count Basie Orchestra with Hank Jones, Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana, and R&B singer Leon Ware. She also was a happy participant in “A Tribute to the Carpenters” on King Records in 1998, sang a duet (“Two For The Blues”) with Natalie Cole on Cole’s 1996 release, Stardust, and was a featured vocalist on Circlesongs, Bobby McFerrin’s multi-layered world/jazz effort of 1997. In 2012, Janis joined her favorite hipster Bob Dorough on his CD ”Duets,” along with Nellie McKay, The NY Voices, Phil Woods and Dave Liebman.

Siegel has also appeared on a number of motion picture soundtracks (Swing Kids, A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy and others) and performed with classical violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and the Concordia Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in 1998.

I Wish You Love, released in 2002, marked her debut in the Telarc label and her reunion with legendary producer Joel Dorn. In some ways, the album also marked a return to Siegel’s roots, as it included jazzy renditions of a number of songs conceived in New York’s fabled Brill Building a hotbed of songwriting talent in the early ‘60s. It was in that building that Siegel wrote and recorded her earliest songs with the Young Generation. But the Brill Building concept expanded dramatically once the I Wish You Love sessions got under way. Crafted with a distinctly late ‘50s nightclub vibe, the album was a collection of pop and jazz hits – all penned during the fertile musical period from the late’50s to mid-‘60s, and all associated in some way with women and the female perspective.

Her 2003 recording, Friday Night Special, combined Siegel’s rich, emotive vocals with an unusual selection of songs and a first-rate organ/tenor band featuring Joey DeFrancesco on Hammond B-3 and Houston Person on tenor saxophone. Produced by Joel Dorn, Siegel’s second Telarc release ranges from soul-jazz and bluesy grooves to funky rhythm & blues and romantic ballads.

Siegel’s eighth solo recording, Sketches of Broadway, spotlighted classic Broadway hits by Irving Berlin, Lerner and Lowe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and others. Produced by Gil Goldstein, Sketches of Broadway offers eleven showstoppers, including the opener “Show Me” (from My Fair Lady), “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” (Oklahoma!), “I Have Dreamed” (The King and I), “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning”(And The Moon At Night) (Annie Get Your Gun) and “Sorry/Grateful” (Company).

Her last studio recording for Telarc, released in 2006 and produced by Brian Bacchus, is the Latin- flavored A Thousand Beautiful Things which features the talents of Edmar Castaneda on Colombian harp, Edsel Gomez on piano, John Benetiz on bass, Steve Hass on drums and Brian Lynch on trumpet. Edsel Gomez provided the arrangements for this formidable NY/Latin band, to songs written by contemporary songwriters such as Björk, Annie Lennox, (who wrote the title tune) Nellie McKay, Suzanne Vega, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

In an age when buyers and sellers are quick to jam music and musicians into convenient little boxes, Siegel – either as a solo artist or in a group setting – has already built a career on defying preconceptions and stereotypes. Siegel’s most recent collaborations and projects outside The Manhattan Transfer are many and varied. She is currently a touring member of the improvisational vocal group, Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra,  was a participant alongside Luciana Souza, and the late Mulgrew Miller and James Williams in a tribute to jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.  Janis Siegel was also a member of the ensemble cast debuting Cy Coleman and Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s jazz song cycle, “Songs For A New Millenium” at the Kennedy Center. She appeared with her duo partner Fred Hersch on “2 Hands 10 Voices”, a benefit album for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a cause close to her heart. The summer of 2003 found her an eager participant in the Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald. Siegel performed to rave reviews with an all-star ensemble including Dame Cleo Laine, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Mahogany and Canadian jazz singer Denzil Sinclaire. In March 2008, she was asked again to pay tribute to her idol in a program called, “LA Phil Presents A Tribute To Ella.” at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. And in 2010, she was a member of a troupe, alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau that celebrated “Ella” at The Kennedy Center. These Ella tributes have now become a staple for Janis, the next one occurring in Atlanta in Sept 2013 with The Count Basie Band and Kevin Mahogony.

These days, you can find Janis in the place she loves most, the studio, producing various ventures for other artists and singing on projects ranging from patriotic Americana, to tributes to Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton, a full blown vocal extravaganza that she produced for legendary Filipino singer/songwriter Jose Mari Chan. This CD was entitled “The Manhattan Connection” and featured 15 incredible vocal artists such as Lisa Fisher, Canada’s Kellyelee Evans, Theo Bleckmann, Laurel Massé Lauren Kinhan and Marlon Saunders among many others…all singing new arrangements of classic songs of Mr. Chan. The fall of 2008 found her in the studio singing and producing a tribute to the great lyricist Johnny Mercer, called “That Old Mercer Magic.”  This project featured Janis’ girl trio, JaLaLa, which was comprised of former MT partner Laurel Massé and Lauren Kinhan from the New York Voices.

Janis continues to tour with The Manhattan Transfer and her own band, continues to teach and do masterclasses, all while she gears up for her newest solo release “NightSongs” on Palmetto Records in late Aug/September of 2013. 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. The record continues to explore various fusions of Latin rhythm coupled with contemporary songs and a jazz/pop vocal sensibility. There are also 3 original songs…”Love Saves” ( Salvapantallas) with music by Jorge Drexler, has an original English lyric by Janis. “Sweet September Rain” and “As You Leave My Nest” ( which only appears on the Japanese release ) has lyrics by Rabbi Harry Levin and Janis.

Siegel – who has made a home in Manhattan with her son, Gabriel, and generally follows her own muse, isn’t about to get backed into the hopeless corner of trying to be all things to all people. Some styles are timeless and universal, regardless of prevailing trends. “I think people will always respond to emotion and to great songs sung well,” she says. “And I think the vocalists in particular will always be in demand. There’s nothing that approximates the human voice. In the end, when you come down to it, people want to feel something.”

贾尼斯西格尔九次获得格莱美奖并十七次获得提名。贾尼斯西格尔拥有超过12张个人专辑,大量国际粉丝以及持续广泛地赞誉。在Manhattan Transfer时期,贾尼斯主唱了好多首组合的大热歌曲,其中包括“Operator,” “Chanson D’Amour,” “Twilight Zone,” “Birdland,” “Ray’s Rockhouse,” “Sassy,” “Spice of Life,” “Mystery,”和“The Boy from N.Y.C.“。她的名声也来自于和声编曲,通过创作五首排行榜上组合广受好评的大作品以及七首组合获得格莱美奖的专辑《巴西》。她自己也凭借编写”Birdland”获得一座格莱美奖。

Janis Siegel es nueve veces ganadora del Grammy y ha estado nominada diecisiete veces. Janis Siegel tiene más de una docena de discos como solista, ha amasado una gran base internacional de fans y recibe consistentemente altos elogios de la crítica. Con The Manhattan Transfer, Janis cantó algunos de los mayores éxitos del grupo, como “Operator”, “Chanson D’Amour”, “Twilight Zone”, “Birdland”, ” Ray’s Rockhouse “, “Sassy”, “Spice Of Life”,”Mystery “, y ” The Boy from N.Y.C.”. Ella también ganó una reputación como arreglista vocal escribiendo cinco de las partituras durante la obra maestra aclamada del grupo, “Vocalese”, siete partituras para el grupo, ganador del Grammy al mejor álbum, Brazil, y ganó un Grammy ella misma en 1980 por su arreglo de “Birdland”.