He trained in New York in 1972 when Tim Hauser met Laurel Massé during a taxi ride and they both discovered their affinity for the same kind of music. Later Laurel also met Janis Siegel, at that time a singer in a folk group, and convinced her to join the project. Finally, the initial formation was completed with Alan Paul, gallant and singer in Broadway, New York, on October 1, 1972, which is considered the date of foundation of the group. They had the influence of vocal arranger Gene Puerling
Although The Manhattan Transfer was already a recognized group in its environment by its colleagues and the critics, its definitive consecration was still missing, that would arrive in 1985 with Vocalese, where they interpreted the classics of jazz with lyrics contributed by Jon Hendricks, who was considered the genius that put lyrics to jazz. The song that titled the album was nominated for twelve awards, situation only surpassed in the history of the Grammy by Michael Jackson's Thriller

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