Charleston Jazz Festival to feature Manhattan, Take 6

Take 6 and The Manhattan Transfer

The third annual Charleston Jazz Festival, organized by Jazz Artists of Charleston, will feature two esteemed vocal jazz groups as headliners. The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will join the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for a 7:30 p.m. show on Jan. 21 at the Gaillard Center.

Each group has won 10 Grammy Awards in various categories over the years. The Manhattan Transfer is a quartet of two men and two women that specializes in jazz and pop, but delves into other styles, too. It has been active in its current form since 1973. After founding member Tim Hauser died in October 2014, Trist Curless joined the group.

Take 6 is a male vocal sextet that specializes in gospel and R&B, with heavy influences of jazz and pop. It was formed in 1980 by Claude McKinght at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala.

For the Jan. 21 concert, part of a multi-day festival that includes performances by local musicians, both groups will perform a set then sing together at the end.

“The Charleston Jazz Festival is now in its third year and we are thrilled to have two of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of pop and jazz music light up our stage at the Gaillard Center,” Mary Beth Natarajan, executive director of Jazz Artists of Charleston, said in a statement. “Each year, we strive to bring top, globally recognized talent to Charleston as part of our festival, and The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 definitely help us accomplish this goal.”

Tickets range from $67.50 to $108 and are available at the Gaillard Center. For more information, go to