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      The a cappella jazz group known as Take 6 are not only the heirs to the rich tradition of the doo-wop and gospel groups of the 1950s, but also the leaders in the second wave of jazz and pop vocal groups that emerged in the 1990s. With these noteworthy legacies at their foundation, these multiple ... read more

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      Oct 6 Cary Hall Lexington, Massachusetts Find Tickets
      Oct 7 Blue Ocean Music Hall Salisbury, Massachusetts Find Tickets
      Oct 12 The RIdgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, Connecticut Find Tickets
      Oct 13 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, New Jersey Find Tickets
      Oct 14 Strathmore Rockville, Maryland Find Tickets
      Oct 15 Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Annapolis, Maryland Find Tickets
      Oct 16 Scottish Rite Auditorium Oaklyn, New Jersey Find Tickets
      Oct 19 City Winery Nashville Nashville, Tennessee Find Tickets
      Oct 20 Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) Bowling Green, Kentucky Find Tickets
      Oct 26 Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Milwaukee, Wisconsin Find Tickets
      Oct 26 Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin Find Tickets
      Oct 27 Cofrin Family Hall At Weidner Center For The Performing Arts Green Bay, Wisconsin Find Tickets
      Oct 27 Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Green Bay, Wisconsin Find Tickets
      Oct 29 North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Skokie, Illinois Find Tickets
      Nov 6 The Orpheum Wichita, Kansas Find Tickets
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      The a cappella jazz group known as Take 6 are not only the heirs to the rich tradition of the doo-wop and gospel groups of the 1950s, but also the leaders in the second wave of jazz and pop vocal groups that emerged in the 1990s. With these noteworthy legacies at their foundation, these multiple GRAMMY winners continue to look and move in a forward direction as the first decade of the 21st century unfolds.

      The Take 6 story began at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1980, when freshman Claude V. McKnight III formed a quartet known as the Gentlemen’s Estate Club. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in – of all places – a campus restroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed onstage with the group that same night.

      Mervyn Warren joined shortly after, and the group briefly took the name of Alliance. They performed in local churches and on campus for the next few years, with personnel changing frequently as older members graduated and new voices arrived on campus to replace them.

      After college, the group signed with the Warner Brothers label in 1987 and changed their name to Take 6. Their self-titled debut album, released the following year, scored two GRAMMY Awards and landed in the top ten on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian charts.

      The group’s swinging, harmony-rich gospel sound attracted a flurry of attention, and the group went on to record or perform with numerous jazz luminaries, including Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder.

      The 1990 followup album, So Much 2 Say, was equally successful, climbing to the number 2 spot on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and scoring a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Warren left the group a year later to pursue a career as a producer. He was replaced by Joey Kibble, Mark’s younger brother.

      The group added instrumentation to their purely a cappella sound beginning with the 1991 holiday release, He Is Christmas. The album scored yet another GRAMMY, this time for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. A string of finely crafted recordings continued throughout the remainder of the decade: Join the Band (1994), Brothers (1996), So Cool (1998) and a second holiday album, We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999). Join the Band and Brothers were both GRAMMY winners.

      In 2000, Take 6 released a live recording and a best-of collection, followed by Beautiful World in 2002. The group left Warner Brothers after Beautiful World and launched their own Take 6 label. Their maiden voyage in the new venture was Feels Good, released in 2006.

      Take 6 joins Heads Up International with the release of The Standard in August 2008. The album includes guest appearances by R&B luminaries Aaron Neville and Brian McKnight (Claude’s brother), as well as veteran jazzmen George Benson, Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks. “While we sing lyrics that always exemplify our spiritual and moral convictions, what we really are at the core is a jazz vocal group,” says Dave Thomas, a member of the Take 6 lineup since 1985. “So we decided to do an album of jazz standards, a record that will stand up as the jazz vocal album for all time.”

      October 5, 2010, teaming again with Heads Up Records, Take 6 released their next, long awaited album of timeless holiday vocals and classic Christmas standards titled in celebration of, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

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