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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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Jane Monheit: Finding the Way Back Home

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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 ...

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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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Jane Monheit: Surrender Brings Victory

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When an artist breaks through and achieves the chart-topping success that Jane Monheit has with Surrender (Concord, 2007), it's easy to make the assumption that it came as a result of radio airplay, an aggressive publicity campaign and a big dose of good luck. What's forgotten is how many one-night stands in half-filled clubs you have to endure before the gravy train pulls in. Not quite yet thirty years old, Monheit is an experienced and exciting artist who belongs in ...

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Jane Monheit: Surrender

Read "Surrender" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Merely possessing a good singing voice is overrated. Whitney Houston has a great voice but too often squanders it on material beneath her talents. Knowing what kind of music best suits your voice is an underrated quality and one Jane Monheit possesses in abundance.Monheit is blessed with a dynamic instrument that possesses ample reserves of range, depth and style to spare. Surrender is her bid to move to the head of the class of contemporary vocalists. Monheit's voice ...

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Jane Monheit: Tonight at Noon

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Vocalist Jane Monheit has been somewhat of a polarizing figure among jazz listeners and critics. Although she showed great potential following her second place finish in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition and won the Recording Debut of the Year Award from the Jazz Journalist Association, her recorded efforts since then have been a bit uneven, often with an overemphasis on overdubbing and occasionally, insufficient preparation for certain pieces. But this previously unissued session, recorded during a visit to the ...

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Jane Monheit: Costa Mesa, December 16, 2005

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Jane Monheit Founders Hall Orange County Performing Arts Center Costa Mesa, California December 16, 2005

The allure of Jane Monheit isn't about flash and dazzle and publicity and her good looks. It's about her music and the way that she communicates with her audience so naturally. She's so comfortable before an audience that she makes you feel free enough to enjoy the music without regard for what's around you. Founders Hall ...

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Jane Monheit: The Season

Read "The Season" reviewed by Jim Santella

It's that time of the year: time to enjoy our favorite Christmas songs and other traditional holiday songs that have left their imprint. Jane Monheit brings us these and much more with her holiday album, also including a few surprises along with the usual fare.

Her warm voice gives the album a cozy feeling. “Moonlight in Vermont," “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and Donny Hathaway's “This Christmas" provide the kind of soulful emotions that linger. Up-tempo romps ...

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Monheit Madness? Frank & Joe Steal the Show

Read "Monheit Madness? Frank & Joe Steal the Show" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

There is a star belonging to vocalist Jane Monheit that some people are waiting to see rise in the jazz world, she of the glamour-girl magazine covers (A recent Downbeat issue, for example). It might be best for these people to settle in comfortably with a vat of strong coffee, perhaps.There is a the sea of “jazz singers," both in the United States and abroad and many of them are very talented, yet lacking that big break. We may ...

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Jane Monheit: Come Dream With Me

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Though critics have accused her of sticking close to her predecessors and playing it too safe with her material and delivery, Jane Monheit has grown up a lot in one album and is truly ready to spread her wings and take her place among the new generation of jazz vocalists. Disovered by master producer Joel Dorn, Monheit has also caught the ear and attention of legends such as Kenny Barron, Michael Brecker and fellow young lion Christian McBride, all of ...


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