Movie – Manhattan Transfer: Vocalese Live

The Manhattan Transfer flex their jazz muscles in this 80-minute performance , recorded in Tokyo in 1986. The quartet were touring in support of their hit Vocalese album and much of the show is devoted to that style, which consists of singing words over existing jazz instrumentals. Tunes by Woody Herman, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, and others feature lyrics by Jon Hendricks; it’s a bravura performance, with all four singers effortlessly negotiating the torrents of words and tricky melodies.

All films are shown at the Beecroft Art Gallery Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX. 2pm Entrance free

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