Cheryl Bentyne Masterclass: The Authentic Voice

Cheryl Bentyne Masterclass: The Authentic Voice

Wednesday / November 13, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.

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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

In 1979 Cheryl Bentyne joined The Manhattan Transfer (the most successful harmony group of all time, garnering 10 Grammy Awards since 1980). The group allows each vocal part to come together with an unmistakable chemistry that not only nurtures the group as a whole, but lets the individual contributions of each partner come through. From her memorable Grammy-nominated solo in “Meet Benny Bailey” to her portrayal of Lucy in the “Blee Blop Blues” video to her exquisite voicing of Django Reinhardt’s guitar solo on “Clouds” (adapted from Nuages) on SWING, to Miles Davis' solo on Tutu, her talents are much of what is The Manhattan Transfer. Her debut album with the group, Extensions, was a landmark album for the group. Their success had continued to grow, as has Cheryl’s talent.

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. She has also added her vocal talent to other artists' recordings: she appeared on bassist Rob Wasserman’s highly acclaimed Duets album in 1989; her voice can also be heard in the soundtrack to 1991’s Mortal Thoughts. Cheryl also teamed up with Janis on the Dick Tracy soundtrack.

Since 1992, Cheryl has released many solo albums, including Something Cool on Columbia Records, a collaboration with the composer/trumpeter Mark Isham; Dreaming of Mister Porter, an original cast album of her new musical revue based the music and wit of Cole Porter; Talk of the Town, her very successful CD recorded in Japan; Among Friends, featuring Corey Allen on piano, Grant Geissman on guitar, Kevin Axt on bass, and David Tull on drums.  

Cheryl Bentyne released two more solo CDs during 2003: Moonlight Serenade and The Lights Still Burn. Her fourth release on King Records (of Japan) is called Cheryl Bentyne Sings “Waltz For Debby,” a very intimate recording with Kenny Barron and Ray Drummond.  

Cheryl’s second release on the Telarc label, Let Me Off Uptown, pays tribute to the legendary voice and music of Anita O’Day. One of the most hard-swinging vocalists in the annals of jazz, O’Day imbued every song she sang with a unique tonal quality, a compelling improvisational style and an innate sense of rhythm.