Jane Monheit: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald | SFJAZZ

Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald

 

Jane Monheit
The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald

Sunday, July 16, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Jane Monheit

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Jane Monheit

The GRAMMY-nominated singer with the silken voice and supple sense of swing returns to with music from The Songbook Sessions, her tribute to the music of her greatest influence, the legendary First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. A remarkable artist who has always had one foot in jazz and one in cabaret, Jane Monheit has come a long way since her debut at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 International Vocal Competition, and performances at the White House, on The Late Show with David Letterman, The View and The Today Show showcased a performer whose appeal extends far beyond the jazz stage. The stylistic breadth of her dozen albums clearly shows a love for the Great American Songbook, the Brazilian pop of Ivan Lins and the hits of Paul Simon, Judy Collins, and Judy Garland, but the undeniable compatibility of Monheit’s incandescent instrument with Ella’s mellifluous, evocative voice and genre-defying approach makes the celebration of Fitzgerald a match made in musical heaven. For The Songbook Sessions, Monheit teamed with producer, arranger, and trumpet master Nicholas Payton, who brings a fresh perspective to Fitzgerald’s classics, infusing them with subtle surprises including electric piano, Latin percussion, Hammond organ, harp, and his own inimitable trumpet sonorities. The record, featuring Monheit's longtime trio, is the debut release on her own Emerald City imprint.

Artist Personnel

Jane Monheit vocals
Michael Kanan piano
Neal Miner bass
Rick Montalbano drums

Artist Website

"Ms. Monheit has made a career out of silver linings and their pursuit, applying the pristine sensuality of her voice to songs of cozy reverie. " — The New York Times
"Blessed with an extraordinarily warm and supple voice, perfect pitch, inventive musicality and an insightful approach to storytelling, she has the capacity to express herself convincingly in virtually any area of the music world. " — Los Angeles Times

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