Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
Mon · July 17, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pmKuumbwa Jazz Center
$35.00 - $45.00
Renowned for her pitch-perfect delivery and warm and classic tone, which recalls some of the genre’s most legendary singers, Jane Monheit has been described by The International Review of Music as being, “A great singer who should be heard at every opportunity.” Since the release of her debut album in 2000 she’s received critical acclaim and has bridged the worlds of jazz and cabaret with enchanting renditions of jazz and torch standards. The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald features the vocalist stylistically at home in an act of loving homage from one vocalist to another.
Monheit credits Ella Fitzgerald as a primary musical influence but not so much for Ella’s style, which indelibly helped shape vocal jazz for every generation that followed. Monheit says, “What I really got from Ella is her warmth, her charm, the joy she puts in her music. Ella showed us that it can be about total joy.”
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Origin: Oakdale, New York, U.S.
Jane Monheit was raised in Oakdale, New York on Long Island. She began singing professionally while attending Connetquot High School in Bohemia,N.Y. from which she graduated in 1995. As a child, Monheit spent her summers as a student at the Usdan Center For the Creative and Performing Arts, and is a recipient of their distinguished alumna award. As a student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, she studied voice under Peter Eldridge. Monheit graduated with honors from the Manhattan School of Music in 1999, earning a BA in music and receiving the William H.Borden Award for outstanding accomplishment in Jazz. As a finalist in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute's vocal competition, she was first runner-up to Teri Thornton. She and her husband, drummer Rick Montalbano, currently reside in Rome, New York. They have one child.
An international artist, Monheit has performed at most of the major concert halls, cabarets and jazz venues around the globe. She has released seven albums and two DVDs, and has appeared as a guest artist on many others. She appears on the sound track of the movie Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow singing "Over the Rainbow". Monheit has also been a featured performer in the nationally televised Christmas at the White House, the Capitol Fourth of July Celebration, and The National Memorial Day Celebration. She has appeared on numerous television shows including Emeril, Ramsey Lewis' Legends of Jazz, Letterman, The View, and The Today Show. Monheit spends most of the year on tour with her band which currently includes Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass, and Rick Montalbano on drums. She also performs with the major symphonic orchestras throughout the country.
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