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Grammy winner Siegel stops by UNT to work with Jazz Singers

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Janis Siegel joins the University of North Texas Jazz Singers in concert on Friday and Saturday.

Siegel is known both for her work with the jazz group Manhattan Transfer and her solo project. Her time in Denton and on campus will be spent mining her experience as a performer, a vocal arranger and composer for student singers.

“She’s a live wire, full of energy and full of passion,” UNT Jazz Singers director Jennifer Barnes said. “I’m so excited for our students and the community to experience this concert.”

Siegel’s limber voice can handle jazz and R&B stylings, and her trained ear makes her ability to blend with her peers in the Manhattan Transfer seamlessly, whether the ensemble is performing boogie-woogie or bop.

Barnes and fellow vocal jazz professor Rosana Eckert have known Siegel for years and said they were happy that Siegel will be able to take time from her current tour with the Manhattan Transfer to perform with the Jazz Singers.

The concert will feature Siegel’s vocal arrangements, including “Birdland,” her Grammy-winning arrangement of “Sassy,” and other selections from her solo and band work. The Jazz Singers will sing with Siegel and will provide backing vocals on a few of her songs. Barnes and Eckert will join Siegel for a trio selection.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Voertman Hall in the College of Music Building, 415 Ave. C. Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors, non-UNT students, children and UNT faculty, staff and retirees. UNT students with valid IDs can get in free by picking up student tickets in person, prior to the concert, at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office.

To purchase advance tickets, visit www.thempac.com or call the Murchison box office at 940-369-7802.

— Staff report