Java Jazz Festival 2010: The Manhattan Transfer with Ron King Big Band

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Just like yesterday, The Manhattan Transfer held another special show if last night they held it with Chick Corea tonight they had another special show with Ron King Big Band.

The Manhattan Transfer (12)Playing songs from their own composition, Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Tim Hauser awed the audiences with their amazing performance, they magically hypnotized the crowd. After two years in a row being in Java Jazz Festival, coming back here again offering two different shows technically. The first night when they did Chick Corea Songbook, they did it with rhythm sections and more electric while the second night they did it with big band.

The Manhattan Transfer (11)

Hypnotyzing people with their magnificent performance, for sure they showed why they are the prime vocal group in the world, and simply the best. It was crowded last year, so it was for this year’s festival. Both Special Shows were full with their enthusiastic fans that could never be enough to see them more and more.

Right after the show they did a press conference session. They expressed how happy they are to be here again, joining the largest jazz festival in the world. Janis told that she once played with some Indonesian musicians such as Dewa Budjana and Yance Manusama. “They were all great”, she said. When asked about the audience,  Janis said “They are fabulous, warm, enthusiastic, knowledgeable.” She even added, “I never seen people singing Spain together in any other countries, but in here they sang together with us. It was incredible.”

Interview - The Manhattan Transfer (1)

Speaking about the Java Jazz Festival itself compares to any other festival in the United States, Tim Hauser said that the states has almost no big jazz festival anymore, except Playboy Jazz Festival. “This is the largest jazz festival, patterned after North Sea Jazz Festival but now this is bigger.” Alan Paul added that he couldn’t think of any other festival that can have the names like this. “You have George Duke, John Legend, Toni Braxton and everyone else at the same festival.. you are very fortunate.” he said. Janis concluded that it’s the diversity that makes it very interesting.

Well, we are happy to see the best, the iconic and legendary the Manhattan Transfer again this year. We surely hope that they will make it to come again next year.

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan, Ata Michaella
Photographer: Mark Swapo
Editor: Ardhi Saputro

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