Jane Monheit at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Nov 18 - Nov 20, 2011
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents jazz vocalist Jane Monheit for three nights, touring in support of her new album Home. Band members are TBA. Set times Friday through Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00pm on Friday and 5:30pm Saturday through Sunday.
An extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds, Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing the work of Vince Mendoza on 2002’s In The Sun and 2004’s Taking A Chance On Love.
Monheit celebrates the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album yet, Home, a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. The CD features the band she has worked with onstage and off for most of her career, as well as special guests such as John Pizzarelli, Mark O’Connor, and Larry Goldings. This is her first album for Emarcy/Universal and also marks her debut as sole producer of a recording.
The making of Home has been a defining moment in Monheit’s career for different reasons. She has emerged as a fully complete musician, sole producer of the album, and able to deliver vocals that show a deep maturity, reflecting her life experience as a woman and mother. However, Monheit experienced a first during the making of the record: She had to come to grips with the reality that her voice is not an infallible instrument. “Every musician goes through some sort of crisis in their playing,” she says. “You take your talent for granted, when the fact is that you’re not invincible. I’ve been singing since I could talk. It was effortless. But for the first time in my life, I’ve had to learn how to take care of my instrument and be more gentle to myself to appreciate it fully. Your voice is very delicate, and can need rehabilitation due to constant overuse and travel…especially with a toddler! You get exhausted…I needed to slow down and take care of myself.”
On Home Monheit has upped the ante in her career by digging deep into what brought her to this music in the first place: great songs, and her passion for interpreting them. This return to the heart of who she is, and the fearless honestly with which she imparts her musical truth, lend great maturity and sincerity to the album: her closeness to these songs and the musicians who play them are what Home is all about.
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