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Jane Monheit at The American Theatre

Read "Jane Monheit at The American Theatre" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Vocalist Jane Monheit surprised both the audience and the management at The American Theatre in Hampton, Virginia with her first holiday show of the season on November 30. Though her interpretations of the Great American Songbook and torch songs were missed, Monheit and her trio— pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Neal Miner, and drummer Joe Strasser—still moved the room. Monheit is known for pulling the audience into sad songs of unrequited love. That evening, she threw her head back in joy ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes At Jazz For All Ages

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Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes with the Christian Tamburr Quartet Sonesta Oceanfront Resort Jazz for all ages Hilton Head Island, SC October 30-31, 2019 In this centennial Nat “King" Cole year, The Junior Jazz Foundation invited Christian Tamburr to arrange and direct the first night of music. In addition to his quartet, Tamburr asked Jane Monheit and Clint Holmes to join him in performing fourteen of the more than one hundred Cole recordings that ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Jane Monheit and her Muses...

Read "Jane Monheit and her Muses..." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When vocalist Jane Monheit blew the music community's hair back with her debut recording Never Never Land (N-Coded Music) in 2000, she was 22-years old, beautiful, sensual, soon-to-be-married and talented with chops to spare. By 2016, Monheit had released nine additional studio recordings, including the well-received Come Dream With Me (N-Coded Music, 2001) and Surrender (Concord, 2007). Her most recent recording Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald (Emerald City Records, 2016) elevates her to a class by herself. All About ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald

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Long Island native and vocalist Jane Monheit pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most enduring jazz singers in history and a very influential figure in Monheit's own musical career. The singer had long thought about recording a homage project to Fitzgerald and on The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, Monheit finally accomplishes this releasing the album on her own Emerald City Records label. Produced and arranged by Nicholas Payton--who did not originally intend on playing in the recording, but ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jane Monheit: Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz, like any art, is a rich loam of inspiration and direction. A given contemporary artist has many options for smartly programmed recordings centered on paying tribute. It may be homage to a repertoire, a selected composer, or a particular peer within their own musical neighborhood. Cassandra Wilson's recent Coming Forth By Day (Sony Legacy, 2015) is only one of the most recent such recording addressing the music of Billie Holiday. Holiday has been the focus of many homage recordings. ...

INTERVIEW

Jane Monheit: Finding the Way Back Home

Read "Jane Monheit: Finding the Way Back Home" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Jane Monheit's voice is not a reflection of somebody else's talent: it is all on her. Home (Emarcy, 2010) is her new ticket to the legacy of the Great American Songbook, and her journey has been quite spectacular.Singing the words or simply scatting, Monheit lays down the pattern for the true vocal jazz tradition with tunes like “This is Always" and “Isn't It a Lovely Day" for those who might have forgotten what romanticism sounded like, back in ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jane Monheit: Surrender

Read "Surrender" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

All the press about vocalist Jane Monheit's, Surrender, now on Concord Records, is glowing with praise, and after a few spins I'm inclined to agree...to an extent. It's a bit like listening to a Barbra Streisand album. Most would interpret that as a supreme compliment to Jane Monheit but it is not meant that way.

In the same way that Streisand would be expected to provide a polished, beautifully sung product that features carefully orchestrated songs, photographs, etc., ...


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