Jane Monheit – Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland; Monday, May 19, 2014

Jane Monheit
Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland
Monday, May 19
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Sponsored by Gal Palz for Jazz

“… supremely gifted singer…” – Down Beat magazine

Jane Monheit’s Hello Bluebird concert pays tribute to the vocal artistry of Judy Garland with heartfelt renditions of the legendary performer’s signature songs. Like Garland, Monheit’s 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. Even Jane’s debut recording, released fourteen years ago, received critical raves and rode the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Her follow-up recordings met with similar success, two received Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals, thanks to arranger Vince Mendoza. Additionally, her most recent album, The Heart of the Matter, reveals yet another enchanting layer to Monheit’s musicality.

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 with performances at 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 11 albums (plus a “best of” compilation) to her credit, she takes chances in her choice of music, looking for new ways to get the most out of a tune. Although her Hello Bluebird tour features the songs that Judy Garland was famous for singing, Jane’s most recent album, The Heart of the Matter, is a remarkable mix of old and new standards with tunes by Lennon/McCartney, Randy Newman, and some Brazilian melodies from Ivan Lins. It is also the debut for Monheit’s first original song on record, Night Night Stars. As usual, she is ably backed by her longtime group of Mike Kanan, on piano; Neal Miner, on bass; and her husband Rick Montalbano, on drums. Whether it’s straight-ahead swinging or passionate bossa nova, jazz standards or romantic ballads, Jane Monheit handles it all with a gracefulness and ease that belies the discipline and hard work behind her artistry. From Get Happy to the medley of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Hello Bluebird, Monheit honors Judy Garland’s musical legacy with a dynamic voice of her own.

Jane Monheit
Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland

DATE: Monday, May 19, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $27/Adv $32/Door; No Comps
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  

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