Take 6

If you’re pitch-sensitive and like a well-rounded a cappella sound with complex harmonies, you’ll be thrilled to know that Take 6 – the Grammy-laden group based in Nashville – are coming to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre in April of 2018.

The Take 6 concert is months away, yes, but this is a much-revered group that has performed with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, k.d. lang, Ella Fitzgerald, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake. One of the best concerts we have ever seen was Take 6 and Al Jarreau outdoors in Northern California.

When the group first launched in 1980, they called themselves The Gentleman’s Estate Quartet. The group’s 1988 self-titled debut – Take 6 – was rooted in Gospel and earned Take 6 their first two Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo, Group, Choir, or Chorus.

Over the years, Take 6 has recorded jazz, R@B, pop and more gospel. The group is now comprised of Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley. Kibble replaced Mervyn Warren in ’91; Dentley replaced Dent in 2011.

Take 6’s 2016 album, Believe, landed on six Billboard charts – including #2 on Contemporary Jazz – in its first week of release. They are coming to Vancouver as part of Chor Leoni’s VanMan Male Choral Summit.

Take 6 in Vancouver

Written by Elizabeth Newton


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