Jane Monheit is a real treasure. First discovered in New York at 22, she has quickly rose to become one of the top jazz singers in the world. Not only is Jane prolific as a singer but also in releasing new albums for her growing legions of fans. She has recorded an average of a CD per year which is quite unheard of in the jazz world.
Don’t get me wrong,a good standard is never a bad thing, it’s when it’s the ONLY thing on a CD that has helped cripple jazz both in the mainstream and getting new fans aboard. Jane’s gift of combining both sparks a real hope for the future of American Jazz.
singing since I learned to talk, and so many of the first tunes I loved
were standards. I was also lucky enough to go to school in a district
that had a really well-developed jazz program, so I was studying it in
school as well as at home. All of that eventually led to me moving to
NYC at seventeen to study at Manhattan School of Music and start playing gigs….the entire thing was a really natural process. I really always knew that this is what I would do.
pretty much a lost art…there are so few people these days that write
effectively in that style. I personally prefer to deal with modern songs
of different genres, and perform them in a jazz-influenced way….its
much more interesting to me. The Great American Songbook never gets old, anyway…..these songs are so perfect that they can be performed a thousand different ways , by a thousand different people, and we’ll
never get tired of them!
Brazilian music and ballads. I’ve been wanting to make an album like
this for a long time, as my focus on Brazilian music has been growing so
much over the years…this is definitely my favorite album that I’ve
Smith….she’s one of my idols, and she still sounds absolutely
incredible….Freddy Cole…he’s the ultimate gentleman of this music,
and one of my all-time favorites….and Gretchen Parlato….she’s an
amazing vocalist based here in NYC who also has a great appreciation for Brazilian music.
possibly do are sleep and stay hydrated….if I’ve got that together,
I’m usually good to go!!! There are other things that can be really
important, though….staying away from smoke, obviously, and the hardest one for me….keeping quiet!!!! I’ve tried to do the whole “vocal rest” thing when I’m losing my voice, but its pretty much an impossibility for me…..so I stick to the other rules instead!
back up a pretty voice with skill, and we just don’t see enough of that
anymore. I’d also tell them not to let this crazy business push them
around…to believe in what they’re doing, and to stick to their
guns….and that the music will always be the most important thing.