Cheryl Bentyne

Since 1979 Cheryl Bentyne has been part of the Grammy-winning, iconic vocal quartet, "The Manhattan Transfer," recording such mega-hits as "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone," "Birdland," "Boy From New York City," "Route 66," and "Sassy." She has also been very busy with her solo career, having produced such great CDs as Something Cool, Talk of the Town, Moonlight Serenade, Waltz for Debby, and the Cole Porter Songbook. Here we present a great track each from two of her most recent releases, The Gershwin Songbook and Blissongs, a multi-voice healing journey through the seven chakras.

"Summertime" - from The Gershwin Songbook

Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Arranged and produced by Corey Allen
Piano: Corey Allen • Bass: Kevin Axt • Drums: Dave Tull • Flutes: Peter Gordon

Click to hear "Harmony, Peace, Balance" from Blissongs

D I S C O G R A P H Y

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  P H O T O   G A L L E R Y 

Ms. Bentyne has sung some of the most memorable solos in the Transfer's repertoire: "Good-bye Love," Benny Goodman's solo on "Down South Camp Meeting" (both on the 1983 release, Bodies and Souls) and "Meet Benny Bailey" (on their landmark 1985 recording, Vocalese). She won a Grammy (which she shares with Bobby McFerrin) for her arrangement of "Another Night In Tunisia" (also on Vocalese). Her hot performance in the video and single release "So You Say" (from Brasil, 1987) helped broaden the Transfer's audience via frequent appearances on BET. She also wrote and co-wrote tracks for the Transfer's 1992 release, The Offbeat of Avenues, including the title track and the Grammy winning "Sassy."

Twenty-four albums and many Grammy Awards later, the group is still going strong, with each of the members also performing in solo careers as well. In 1988, Cheryl appeared on bassist Rob Wasserman's highly acclaimed Duets album. Four years later, she released her solo debut album, Something Cool, for Columbia/Sony Records. Cheryl explains: "The original concept was to do a tribute to the cool singers of the 1950's, particularly June Christy. Producers Mark Isham and Corey Allen did such an incredible job on the arrangements that the songs sound strikingly modern and beautiful. These arrangements have brought out a new dimension to my singing. It's like nothing I've ever heard."

Cheryl appears on the soundtrack to the 1990 film Dick Tracy, on "Back in Business," a song she performed with Lorraine Feather and fellow Transfer member Janis Siegel. She also collaborated with trumpeter/composer Mark Isham in the soundtrack to the 1991 Alan Rudolph film, Mortal Thoughts.

In 2000, she recorded an original cast album of her new musical revue based the music and wit of Cole Porter. Dreaming Of Mister Porter has played to sold-out audiences and received rave reviews in Boston and Seattle.

Cheryl has released seven CDs for King Records in Japan: The first, The Talk Of The Town, is an album of classics from the "Great American Songbook," recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz: Kenny Barron, Chuck Mangione, John Patitucci, Lewis Nash, Don Alias, David "Fathead" Newman, and the tenor and bass voices from Take 6, Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea. The Lights Still Burn is an album of romantic ballads. Moonlight Serenade features Cheryl leading a vocal group comprised of some of the best singers in the business: Mark Kibble from Take 6, Roger Treece from Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, and jazz great Kevin Mahogany. In Waltz for Debby, Cheryl meets up again with Kenny Barron, this time with the addition of the great bassist Ray Drummond. Songs Of Our Time is an album of pop tunes from the 1960s–90s, approached from a jazz point of view. The Cole Porter Songbook rekindles her love affair with Porter's music, and her latest CD, The Gershwin Songbook (2010), features fourteen classic Gershwin standards, with a band that will burn the house down!

In a completely different direction, in 2010 Cherly co-wrote and recorded with Tom McCauley Blissongs Volume One, a soothing, healing journey of the seven chakras.

As her busy schedule allows, Cheryl helps the next generation of professional vocalists get started. She taught at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and routinely holds master classes at universities and music schools around the US.

As a member of the board of governors for The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS,) Cheryl worked hard to promote educational programs — most notably through the "Grammy In The Schools" program. A truly wonderful result of her work at NARAS is the strength of the vocal department at the Hamilton Musical Academy in Los Angeles, which she helped to establish. In recognition of their many achievements, Cheryl and her partners in The Manhattan Transfer received honorary doctorate degrees from the Berklee College of Music.

In June 2011 "The Cheryle Bentyne Show" debuted on The Jazz Groove radio station. Click the logo to learn more about it.

CB at Vitello's: RED HOT & BLUE
Don Heckman's review in The International Review of Music
AwardsCheryl Bentyne.netThe Manhattan Transfer

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