Jane Monheit, Mon. May 14
Monday, May 14
“A great singer who should be heard at every opportunity.” – The International Review of Music
Jane Monheit’s warm vocal style easily bridges the worlds of jazz and cabaret. Her selection of music with its emphasis on melodic and lyrical content, matched with her pitch-perfect vocals, enjoys a world-wide fan base. When she debuted her first recording a decade ago, to critical raves from the Jazz Journalist’s Association, it rode the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Her follow-up recordings have met with similar success, with two of them receiving Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, thanks to arranger Vince Mendoza.
Jane Monheit grew up in Oakdale, New York, becoming involved with music as a youngster. Her professional career actually began while she was still a high school student. After high school, Jane attended the Manhattan School of Music and graduated with honors in 1999. A year earlier, she had been a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute’s vocal competition. By 2000, Monheit had recorded her first album, Never Never Land. The album was an immediate hit. From there, her career skyrocketed, she was touring major concert halls and jazz venues around the world. Collaborations with Brazilian singer/songwriter Ivan Lins, fiddler/violinist Mark O’Connor, and other prominent musicians followed, earning rave reviews and a dedicated following of fans.
Over the past decade, Monheit’s skillful song interpretation has only deepened, imbued with a rich expression gained through experience. Now, a veteran performer with 10 albums to her credit, she takes chances in her choice of music, looking for new ways to get the most out of a tune. Her most recent album, Home, marks her debut as a record producer, and reveals yet another enchanting layer of talent as she performs American Songbook selections by Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hart, and Jerome Kern. She is ably backed by her longtime group of Mike Kanan, on piano; Neal Miner, on bass; and her husband Rick Montalbano, on drums. Straight-ahead swinging, passionate bossa nova, melodic jazz standards, and romantic ballads, Jane Monheit handles it all with a gracefulness and ease that belies the discipline and hard work behind her artistry.
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DATE: Monday, May 14, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $23/Adv $26/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
(518) 686-0972 x200
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