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Album recorded at CCNY’s Sonic Arts Center tops iTunes jazz chart

Manhattan Transfer's chart topping album The Junction
Sonic Arts Director Paul Kozel
Sonic Arts Director Paul Kozel

For three days in April of 2017 the jazz quartet The Manhattan Transfer recorded some of their vocal parts for their album, The Junction, at the Sonic Arts Center of The City College of New York with SAC director Paul Kozel engineering. Kozel also recorded percussionist Luisito Quintero for the album. Winy Taveras provided technical assistance for the recording sessions.

The Junction was released almost a year later on March 30, 2018 and quickly rocketed to #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart by April 5, 2018!

“Janis Siegel (a member of the Transfer) and I have been looking for opportunities to work together at the Sonic Arts Center for years,” said Kozel. “It was really great to finally have that opportunity and help to produce such a fine album.”

The album, which Jazz Weekly calls “timeless and timely”, includes hip hop and R&B synth grooves as well as patented harmonies. It’s available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play. Congratulations to The Manhattan Transfer and to Kozel and Taveras on topping the charts. The Manhattan Transfer’s PBS special show with Take 6 will be airing nationwide starting April 26 and will feature songs from the new album.

About Sonic Arts

The Sonic Arts Center offers a four-year, Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Music with a concentration in Audio Technology. The program’s balanced emphasis in music and audio technology training creates graduates who are as comfortable creating a string arrangement or a film underscore as they are tracking and mixing an album. Music and audio technology training are intertwined to create a highly marketable service provider for today’s highly competitive music and audio technology industry. Learn more.

About The City College of New York

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks CCNY #2 among public colleges with the greatest success in ensuring the social mobility of our student body; at the same time the Center for world University Rankings places it in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

 

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Media contact: Rebecca Rivera rrivera1@ccny.cuny.edu (347) 330-7470

 

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