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Jane Monheit

Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Jane had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook albums held “Biblical” importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her. On this new offering, Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself, guided by her producer, arranger, and trumpet great, Nicholas Payton

ARTICLE: RADIO

I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

Read "I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Charleston Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Martin McFie

Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes At Jazz For All Ages

Read "Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes At Jazz For All Ages" reviewed by Martin McFie

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 ...

Take Five with Pete Coco

Read "Take Five with Pete Coco" reviewed by Pete Coco

About Pete Coco A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, bassist Pete Coco recently released his debut album as a leader, Lined with a Groove, featuring drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Sullivan Fortner. The LP is an homage to his mentors and influences, with fresh arrangements of tunes by bassists including Ron Carter, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings at Heckscher Park

Read "Danny Green Trio Plus Strings at Heckscher Park" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park Huntington Summer Arts Festival Huntington, NY August 3, 2018 While Long Island's Huntington Summer Arts Festival doesn't hold status as a jazz feast per se, the music most certainly plays a significant role on its calendar. The not-so-distant past ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

Read "The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven" reviewed by Arthur R George

Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...


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