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February 11, 2014

Broadway World Reviews: Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes Dazzlingly Deliver the Songs of Frank Wildhorn at Cafe Carlyle

Before the finale of Tuesday night’s Café Carlyle show celebrating the varied compositions of Frank Wildhorn, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer quoted his frequent collaborator, lyricist Jack Murphy, as once offering that “Great singers are a songwriter’s best friends.” Even though Murphy’s thought is hardly original, no words could be more true after listening to the scintillating songstress Jane Monheit and the performing powerhouse Clint Holmes deliver 16 songs that are solid but wouldn’t exactly be called classic examples of what passes for the late 20th century Great American Songbook.

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February 4, 2014

Listen to Jane Monheit interview on the Mulberry Lane show

January 24, 2014

Listen to interview on Ottawa’s CHIN Radio and See Jane at Markham Theatre in Ontario on Valentine’s Day

Listen to this recent in-depth interview on Ottawa’s CHIN International Radio

 

And since we’re talking Canada, be sure to get tickets now to Jane’s “A Sweetheart of a Valentine’s Day Concert” at Ontario’s Markham Theatre

January 24, 2014

Hello Bluebird – Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland

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January 22, 2014

Frank Wildhorn And Friends With Jane Monheit And Clint Holmes Makes Café Carlyle Debut January 28-February 1

 

Monheit and Holmes Sing Landmark Wildhorn Songs,  Joined by a Band Led by Wildhorn on Piano

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FRANK WILDHORN, CLINT HOLMES & JANE MONHEIT

January 28 through February 1
Tuesday to Friday, 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.

Cover Charge:

Tuesday to Thursday & Saturday Late-Show – General Seating, USD70 per person / Bar Seating, USD50 + USD25 F&B min / Premium Seating, USD120

Friday & Saturday – General Seating, USD80 per person / Bar Seating, USD60 + USD25 F&B min / Premium Seating, USD130

 

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is pleased to present Frank Wildhorn and Friends with Jane Monheit and Clint Holmes for six performances January 28-February 1. The show will celebrate Wildhorn’s illustrious career, which has earned him GRAMMY and Tony Award nominations, as well as the release of their new album Frank Wildhorn & Friends: Live in Las Vegas. In their return to the legendary venue, Monheit and Holmes will perform the composer’s songs, backed by a band including Wildhorn on piano, in his Café Carlyle debut. Also performing will be Julia Adamy (bass), David Mann (woodwinds) and Clint de Ganon (drums).

Performances will take place Tuesday – Friday at 8:45pm; and Saturday at 8:45pm and 10:45pm. Tickets are $70 ($120 for premium seating, $50 for bar seating) Tuesday – Thursday & the Saturday late show; and $80 ($130 for premium seating, $60 for bar seating) on Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made at www.thecarlyle.com or by phone at 212.744.1600. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

Selections will span Wildhorn’s career, including pop hits such as “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” which was a #1 international hit for Whitney Houston; jazz compositions; and songs from Wildhorn’s Broadway and international shows: Jekyll & HydeThe Scarlet PimpernelThe Civil WarDraculaWonderlandBonnie & ClydeVictor/VictoriaThe Count of Monte Cristo, Carmen, Cyrano de Bergerac,Excalibur, Mata Hari, ZeldaCamille Claudel, and Havana.

Although his career spans four decades, Holmes is in the midst of a significant breakthrough. Having spent the last 20 years as one of Vegas’s most successful entertainers, he has, over the last two years, in his 60s, achieved tremendous acclaim with solo shows at Café Carlyle. Reviewing his show at the Café this fall, Rex Reed wrote in The New York Observer,“Mr. Holmes is one of the best musical additions to the waning scene of New York nightlife since, well, Bobby Short left the building.” Holmes recently won the Broadway World Cabaret Award for Best Male Celebrity Vocalist for his recent Stop This Train performance at Café Carlyle.

A critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, Monheit has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins. Her latest release, The Heart of the Matter, features a diverse and very personal set of songs, including both familiar standards and compositions by Lennon/McCartney, Randy Newman, two songs by Ivan Lins, recorded in the original Portuguese, and, for the first time, a Monheit original. Monheit recently won the Broadway World Cabaret Award for Best Female Jazz Vocalist.

December 13, 2013

Jane Monheit releases Christmas single to benefit The Trevor Project

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As you probably know, every year I like to release a Christmas single…this will be our third year in a row! I like to collaborate with family on this annual track as often as I can, and this year, the song is a brand new waltz entitled “Here’s To Us This Christmas” written by my father-in-law, Rick Montalbano Sr. Aside from me, Rick, and my husband Rick Montalbano Jr., the track also features two musicians from the Syracuse area that have been close friends of the family for decades…John Rohde on saxophone and Jimmy Johns on vibes. It was such a lovely thing to do this together…I love these people so much!

The proceeds from the single this year are going to benefit a very special organization that does work very close to my heart…The Trevor Project. Founded in 1998, they’ve provided crisis prevention and support to thousands of LGBTQ teenagers and young adults who didn’t have anyone else to turn to. As an ally of the community and as a parent, I am so incredibly glad they exist, and am proud to support their work any way I can.

Click here to download “Here’s to Us This Christmas”

December 2, 2013

Jane Monheit featured on cover of Bleep magazine

Check it out here: http://issuu.com/bleepmag/docs/bleepmag311

August 15, 2013

Interview with Thomas Lojek

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July 30, 2013

Special Offer for 54 Below show Friday, August 2

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Special Duo Performance with pianist Michael Kanan
Friday, August 2, 8PM
54 Below, 254 West 54th St.

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May 9, 2013

The Heart Of The Matter featured in Downbeat Editor’s Picks

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Tour

Date Venue Location   Tickets
25 April 2014 Scullers
Boston, MA US Reserve now
26 April 2014 Infinity Hall
Norfolk, CT US Reserve now
11 May 2014 Jazz Kitchen
Indianapolis, IN US Reserve now
14 May 2014 Jazz at the Bistro
St. Louis, MO US Reserve now
15 May 2014 Jazz at the Bistro
St. Louis, MO US Reserve now
16 May 2014 Jazz at the Bistro
St. Louis, MO US Reserve now
17 May 2014 Jazz at the Bistro
St. Louis, MO US Reserve now
18 May 2014 Evanston Space
Evanston, IL US Reserve now
19 May 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA US Reserve now
21 May 2014 Yoshi's
San Francisco, CA US Reserve now
22 May 2014 Yoshi's
San Francisco, CA US Reserve now
23 May 2014 The Smith Center
duo with Michael Kanan
Las Vegas, NV US Reserve now
24 May 2014 The Smith Center
duo with Michael Kanan
Las Vegas, NV US Reserve now
29 May 2014 Musikfest Café
Bethlehem, PA US Reserve now
30 May 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center Allen Room
JALC Presents Singers over Manhattan, Special Guest of John Pizzarelli
New York, NY US Reserve now
31 May 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center Allen Room
JALC Presents Singers over Manhattan, Special Guest of John Pizzarelli
New York, NY US Reserve now
21 June 2014 Blackberry Farm Resort
guest of John Pizzarelli
Walland, TN US TBA
17 August 2014 Mohegan Sun
Uncasville, CT US TBA
18 August 2014 54 Below
duo w/ Michael Kanan
new York, NY US TBA
19 August 2014 54 Below
duo w/ Michael Kanan
New York, NY US TBA
21 October 2014 Birdland
special guest of Wanda Sá
New York, NY US TBA
22 October 2014 Birdland
special guest of Wanda Sá
New York, NY US TBA
23 October 2014 Birdland
special guest of Wanda Sá
New York, NY US TBA
24 October 2014 Birdland
special guest of Wanda Sá
New York, NY US TBA
25 October 2014 Birdland
special guest of Wanda Sá
New York, NY US TBA
07 November 2014 National Auditorium
Madrid ES TBA
08 November 2014 Teatro Cuyas
Gran Canaria ES TBA
22 November 2014 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Pittsburgh, PA US TBA
28 January 2015 Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA US TBA
28 February 2015 Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA US TBA
06 March 2015 Texas Tech
Lubbock, TX US TBA
14 March 2015 Segerstrom Center
Costa Mesa, CA US TBA
15 March 2015 Segerstrom Center
Costa Mesa, CA US TBA
01 April 2015 EPCOR Center
Calgary, AB CA TBA
18 April 2015 The Sheldon
St Louis, MO US TBA
17 May 2015 Jazz at Lincoln Center
w/ NY Youth Symphony
New York, NY US TBA
18 May 2015 Jazz at Lincoln Center
w/ NY Youth Symphony
New York, NY US TBA
08 August 2015 5 Townes College
Dix Hills, NY US TBA

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Jane visits inspiring fan Daniel in Toronto

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Discography

Jane’s Bio

Jane-Monheit-04-Photo-Credit-Timothy-Saccenti“Everything I’m singing now is a reflection of my truest self,” says Jane Monheit. “After all this time in the industry, after touring for 13 years, it’s time to just be me, with complete and utter freedom.”

Monheit’s sense of liberation is apparent throughout The Heart Of The Matter, the acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist’s ninth studio album. It can be felt in her wide- ranging choice of material, in the unique arrangements, and in her own fearless performances and interpretations. The diverse and very personal set of songs includes both familiar standards and compositions by Lennon/McCartney, Randy Newman, two songs by Ivan Lins, recorded in the original Portuguese, and, for the first time, a Monheit original.

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“I knew that I wanted the material to be chosen based on the lyrical content”, says Monheit of the eclectic track list. “Over the years, my singing has really taken on that focus. At the beginning of my career, I wanted to show proof of my knowledge of music, that I could improvise and sing through the changes. But as I got older, especially after getting married and having a child, I started feeling the lyrics more simply because I had more to sing about. Focusing on the technical side was part of my learning process, but over time, all of that became a natural part of my singing. Now I use it to support the lyric, not just to prove myself.”

Jane-Monheit-02-Photo-Credit-Timothy-SaccentiMonheit has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins. She says that the distinctive, continually surprising sound of The Heart Of The Matter is the result of an especially satisfying collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Gil Goldstein, who has previously worked with such giants as Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, and Pat Metheny. The pair first joined forces for part of Monheit’s 2009 album The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me.

“When Gil is around, amazing music happens,” says the singer. “He brings a very specific thing…there’s a special vibe that infuses every single thing he does. The last time we worked together, I had a newborn, I wasn’t sleeping…I barely knew who I was, and Gil made such magic happen that I couldn’t wait to work with him again. And as soon as we started, it was perfect…the very first take was “Depende De Nos”, which we ended up using. We actually made this album even faster than my very first.”

Though the dozen tracks were recorded in just three days, Monheit notes that the sessions came at “a very intense time” in her own life. Her young son had recently injured his arm and needed surgery, and her grandparents had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy, losing nearly everything they owned. “When you’re isolated in the vocal booth, you’re able to process everything,” she says. “There are no distractions, so you get inside yourself more to reach a deeper level of interpretation.”

Her biggest revelation came while she was singing “Until It’s Time For You To Go”, written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. “It’s a beautiful love song,” says Monheit, “but it hit me while I was recording that for me, it’s about my son’s childhood ending- that the little boy I know now will be gone. It just struck like lightning, and after we were done it hung around me like a fog for days.”

She also felt comfortable enough to take on some music that she had always viewed as “sacred”, and fulfill a career-long wish to record something by the Beatles. She had long considered recording “Golden Slumbers”, but never felt sure about how to interpret “Carry That Weight”, the song it’s paired with on Abbey Road. Monheit’s husband and drummer, Rick Montalbano, had the idea to match “Golden Slumbers” with another Lennon/McCartney ballad, “The Long And Winding Road”, which they discovered to be a perfect fit.

“Taken together, the meaning becomes deeper than that of just a lullaby or a break-up song,” she says. “I tend to go for darker interpretations,” she says with a laugh, “but it’s nice when it’s left a bit open for the listener to find their own meaning, as well.”

Jane-Monheit-09-Photo-Credit-Timothy-SaccentiMonheit’s passion for Brazilian music colors a big swath of The Heart Of The Matter- most obviously, in the two selections wrtten by the great Ivan Lins. “This music has always been a huge part of my life,” she says.” It’s important to me that I sing in Portuguese whenever possible, out of respect for the composer and lyricist.” But Brazilian rhythms also reached into one of the album’s English-language pieces- a striking version of Joe Raposo’s Sesame Street anthem “Sing”.

“I have wanted to do a Brazilian version of that song for my entire adult life,” Monheit says, noting that she first needed to get past the idea that it would be seen as a novelty. “I’m a mother now, and that has given me the power to not care anymore…I’ll sing any song I want, the way I want, as long as it comes from the heart. And a lot of experience goes into that feeling, both good and bad.”

The confidence manifests most visibly with the inclusion of Monheit’s own “Night Night Stars”, the first song she has released for which she has written both music and lyrics. “I don’t find time to write very often,” she says. “This was based on something my son said on a drive at night when he was two years old. I wasn’t sure about using it, but Gil believed in me, and that meant a lot.”

From the song choices to the performances, The Heart Of The Matter is a work deeply informed by Jane Monheit’s life- as a woman, wife, and mother in the second decade of a remarkable career- and it reaches emotional levels she attributes to an “extreme comfort zone” in the recording studio. “It was a small group, we’re all friends, and everyone really wanted to be there,” she says. “I’m very close with my band, so to hear Gil’s beautiful work with my family beneath it inspired me to be completely unselfconscious… I think I’ve finally reached my level of onstage, live interpretation in the studio, which has always been a challenge for me.”

“When you’re playing with people you love,” says Monheit, “it always makes for better music.”

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Band’s Bio

Michael Kanan

Piano

band_mkananMichael Kanan is originally from Boston, MA, where he attended Boston College. His first jazz instructor, Harvey Diamond, was a student of legendary pianist and composer Lennie Tristano. After several years of study with Diamond, and many freelance gigs in Boston, Michael moved to New York City in 1991, where he studied for a year with Sal Mosca and then with Sophia Rosoff, with whom he currently studies.

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From 1995-2001, Michael was the accompanist for vocal great Jimmy Scott, with whom he toured the United States, Europe and Japan, made numerous TV and radio performances, and recorded three CDs.

In addition to his work accompanying vocalists like Mr. Scott, Jane Monheit, Annie Ross, and Madeleine Peyroux, Michael has also played in many instrumental settings. He performed in New York with guitar wizard Kurt Rosenwinkel, and with him recorded the popular CD Intuit for Criss-Cross. Michael was also a founding member of the International Hashva Orchestra, which included Mark Turner and Jorge Rossy and has led his own trio, with bassist Ben Street and drummer Tim Pleasant, on two recordings for Fresh Sound Talent: Convergence and The Gentleman Is a Dope. His most recent CD is a duet album with saxophonist Nat Su, Dreams and Reflections.

For the last eleven years, Michael has been the pianist/arranger for the Jane Monheit band, touring the United Sates, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Japan and performing on several of her albums and DVDs.

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Neal Miner

Bass

band_nminerBorn and raised in Manhattan, Neal received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, and attended the Manhattan School of Music. Most notable of his private teachers were classical bassist Orin O’Brien of the New York Philharmonic, and jazz bassist John Webber.

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Neal started playing regularly at an Upper West Side jazz bar called Augie’s at the age of 19. It was there that he was initiated into the New York City jazz scene, backing many young jazz stars such as Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Brad Mehldau, Eric Alexander, Chris Potter, and Roy Hargrove, all of whom have gone on to garner critical acclaim.

Over the years Neal has accompanied jazz legends such as Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, James Moody, Bob Dorough, Bill Henderson, Frank Wess; and new jazz stars like Jane Monheit, Stacey Kent, Ann Hampton Callaway, Dena DeRose, Loston Harris; and fashion celebrity and T.V. personality Isaac Mizrahi. Neal has also held the bass chair in large groups such as the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Big Band, and the Village Vanguard Jazz Band.

In 2006, Neal’s latest CD, The Evening Sound, was released on the Smalls Records label. This recording captures a sound inspired by his close association with Smalls jazz club for more then a decade, and showcases Neal’s talents as a composer and bandleader. This CD can be heard on radio stations nationwide.

Neal joined the Jane Monheit band in April, 2007.

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Rick Montalbano

Drums

band_rmontalbanoRick Montalbano has been playing drums professionally since his early teens. Growing up in a professional musical environment – his father is jazz pianist and organist, Rick Montalbano – offered him unique exposure to world-class musicians, including legendary saxophonists Sal Nistico and J.R. Monterose. Years later, he would win the very first J.R. Monterose Memorial Scholarship.

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While in high school, Rick was selected as one of five young musicians to be awarded a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, a prestigious international competition.

In 1997, Rick moved to New York City where he was awarded a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music. There he began working with some of the finest musicians in the world, including Brad Mehldau, Phil Woods, Randy Brecker and Clark Terry. He also completed several recordings including two with virtuoso tenor saxophonist Ari Ambrose (Steely Dan).

Since 2000, Rick has been the drummer for the Jane Monheit band, touring the globe in support of a series of acclaimed albums. He has performed on Jane’s recordings, TV appearances, and DVDs.

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