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Jane Monheit

Background information
Born November 3, 1977 (1977-11-03) (age 32)
Origin Oakdale, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, Pop Standards, Brazilian
Occupations Vocalist
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Clarinet
Years active 2000 – present
Labels N-Coded Music
Concord Records

Jane Monheit (born November 3, 1977) is a jazz and adult contemporary vocalist for Concord Records. She has collaborated with artists such as Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings.


Early life

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, Jane 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. Jane 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, Jane 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". Jane 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. Jane 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.


Studio albums

Year Cover Album
2000 Never Never Land
2001 Come Dream With Me
2002 In the Sun
2004 Taking a Chance on Love
2005 The Season
2007 Surrender
2009 The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me (released on 20 January 2009)


Year Cover Album
2003 Live at the Rainbow Room
2005 The Very Best of Jane Monheit

Guest artist

  • Let's Get Lost - Terence Blanchard
  • In Full Swing - Mark O'Connor
  • The Frank and Joe Show 33 1/3 - Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione
  • The Frank and Joe Show 66 2/3 - Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione
  • Wise Children - Tom Harrell
  • Standard Time - Steve Tyrell
  • Brazilian Nights
  • Session #55 - Les Brown & His Band of Renown - 1936-2001
  • New Music From An Old Friend - various artists
  • Friends and Family - Ray Brown, Jr.
  • Enter The Mowo - Adam Dorn
  • 2 Hands 10 Voices - Fred Hersch - a benefit album for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • Legends of Jazz Showcase with Ramsey Lewis
  • Radio Show - Tony DeSare


External links


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Jane Monheit (born November 3, 1977) is an American jazz singer, considered by many to be one of the most promising American jazz vocalists of her generation.


  • I've listened to Jazz since I was born and always knew I'd be a Jazz singer!
    • USA Today (9/24/04)
  • I tell you, when we travel with our own band and we're on the road . . . Well, I can't even believe this is work.
    • (7/29/2001)
  • It's not so bad to live out of a suitcase. It's a really beautiful life.
    • (7/2/2005)
  • It's [Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You"] been one of my favorite songs for my entire life.
    • (7/29/2001)
  • Jane Monheit is skyrocketing up the jazz charts. By next year, we won't be able to get her. (comment from Allison Stockel, artistic director of the Ridgefield [Connecticut] Playhouse)
    • (7/27/05)
  • It [Ella Fitgerald's "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas"] is the happiest Christmas album I've ever heard. That album totally changed the way I look at Christmas albums. I loved what a happy, festive album it truly was . . . it's the best music to have playing when you have a Christmas celebration. I wanted my album to feel just like that.
    • (12/16/05)

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