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Jane Monheit, vocals | Michael Konan, piano | Neal Minor, bass | Rick Montelbano, drums
A vocalist with remarkable virtuosity and innate interpretative skills, Jane Monheit puts her own unique touch on beloved jazz standards, classic torch songs and contemporary pop. A two-time Grammy nominee and second place winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Jane’s most recent album The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, was released by her own Emerald City Records, and showcases the warmth and joy of Ella’s music.
Monheit grew up on Long Island amongst a family of musicians. She made her professional singing debut while still in high school. Before even earning her degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Monheit thrust herself into the public eye with a 2nd place finish at the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute’s vocal competition.
Two years later, at the age of 22, she released her debut record Never Never Land that boasted appearances from jazz legends like Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Bucky Pizzarelli and others. Her follow-up, 2001’s Come Dream with Me, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard jazz charts. She has since released nine more records, including 2013’s critically-acclaimed The Heart of the Matter, and her most recent, 2016’s Ella Fitzgerald tribute, The Songbook Sessions. She has also appeared on the albums of many other artists over the years, including Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, Freddy Cole, Mark O’Connor, David Benoit, and Ivan Lins. Monheit has been nominated for two Grammy’s and has toured the world’s finest jazz halls with her trio.