The Manhattan Transfer is an American vocal music band. There have been 2 demonstrations of the group, with Tim Hauser being the only person to be part of the both. The group’s name comes from John Dos Passos’ year 1925 novel the Manhattan Transfer and is related to their New York origins. The first demonstration of the group was formed in between the year 1969 in New York city, with Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli, and also Pat Rosalia.
They joined with Capitol Records, recorded many tracks, and during the year 1971 issued their only album with this line-up, Jukin'. The album was then reissued in the United Kingdom by EMI's Music for Pleasure under the named ‘The Manhattan Transfer and Gene Pistilli’ Pistilli had been well known for his performing and songwriting collaborations with Terry Cashman and Tommy West. This team tolerated only till the year 1971. According to Tim Hauser, "Gene and I were in 2 different places. He was more into country & western, R&B, and the Memphis sound, and by then I had become more interested in jazz and swing...” The present group was formed during the year 1972 by Tim Hauser and singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Mass.