Jane Monheit celebrates 20 years as a recording artist with online concert and new album COME WHAT MAY

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CLUB44 RECORDS has announced that Come What May, the enchanting new album from Billboard # 1 international pop / jazz singer Jane Monheit, will be available on CD and digital and streaming on Friday, March 12. This all-new vibrant collection of songbook classics – produced by Jane Monheit, Wayne Haun and Jamey Tate – will honor Monheit’s 20th anniversary as the best-selling recording artist. She will celebrate Come What May with a special virtual concert, broadcast live from Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, on Friday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. EST. For tickets, please visit feinsteinsatvitellos.com. Pre-order the album at lnk.to/Jane-Monheit-CWMPreRelease

Come What May, his first album in five years, highlights his new interpretations of top-notch standards, with skillful interpretations honed after years on the road. “There is a certain comfort in playing a song night after night in front of audiences all over the world,” she says. “So by the time we finally got into the studio to make this recording, I had the luxury of having the arrangements perfectly familiar, rehearsed and polished. Putting this project together was a smooth and relaxed process and I think that is reflected in the end. product.”

Monheit achieved two goals by creating an album that sounds timeless, while addressing the present moment. “A lot of Come What May is really a way for me to deal with the pandemic in my own way,” she explains. “For example, ‘Let’s take a walk around the neighborhood.’ We would all love to visit the magical places listed in the song, but we don’t have any money right now – so let’s just enjoy where we are. I think everyone can relate to that idea! “

Jane’s love affair with Brazilian music comes to life with another travel song, Antônio Carlos Jobim’s standard “Samba Do Avião”, also known as “Song of the Jet”. “Musicians are used to traveling the world nonstop,” she comments, “and now that we’re all set in it it’s very strange. I miss touring so much that I just can’t explain it. I literally dream of being on the road again! “

On the flip side of the pandemic experience, the exuberant and well-being mix of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Get Happy” is an opportunity to cheer up. “People stuck at home need a little encouragement and encouragement,” says Jane. “The album contains sad and heavy tunes and I knew we had to balance them with a certain lightness.” That same notion inspired his playful take on the musical theater classic “I Believe in You”, which opens this collection on a lively note.

Other selections reflect Monheit’s adoration for the legendary singers who came before her. “I’ve loved Judy Garland my whole life, but the first version of ‘The Man That Got Away’ I ever heard was by Ella Fitzgerald. Her performance is so factual. In my version, I tried to ‘Balancing Judy’s glorious drama with Ella’s subtlety. This piece is a tribute to both of my heroes. ” She thanks Ella and Billie Holiday for introducing her to the lesser known “When a Woman Loves a Man”. Jane remembers, “This is another song that I have loved since I was a little kid. I especially love our recording because it has such a sophisticated and clever board from our music director Michael Kanan. I think you can tell. just by listening to how much we love to play together. “

In fact, Come What May is all the more special considering the unique bond Jane shares with her musicians. “Michael and I are over two decades ago,” she continues. “I love this man with all my heart, he’s like my big brother. And then of course our drummer is my husband Rick Montalbano. We’re coming to our 20 years of marriage! It’s always a pleasure to work together, but this project has a special resonance. In the last few years we haven’t been able to tour together since our son is at school and Rick stays home with him. So a good thing about the pandemic is that we are in the same city, so we can make music together again. “

Jane adds: “I’m thrilled with the wonderful contributions from our West Coast bassist David Robaire, Kevin Winard on percussion and Miles Okazaki on guitar, and I love that we can add some nice strings, one of those magical additions. to give What I decided to do is take songs that have been played very often – “My Funny Valentine”, “Lush Life”, “The Nearness of You” – and present them directly, sincerely. and honestly. If you can deprive them of any pretense, people will remember how convincing a simple standard can be. “

“I can’t say enough amazing things about Club44,” concludes Jane. “I’ve been with a lot of labels over the years – indies, majors, even made records for my own imprint – and I’ve seen it all. And I’ve never had such an easy experience. , also positive and also fun! Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun and their team have gone out of their way to help me bring my musical vision to life, and I cherish that freedom and confidence. “

Label co-owner Joel Lindsey responds, “When we launched the label it was my dream to sign Jane Monheit, so this new record of superb standards is really that dream come true. Marking his 20th anniversary as a recording artist is an incredible bonus. The characteristic lyricism of his voice, the detail of his performances, the sheer joy of his creativity shine brightly here in Come What May. We are so proud to have this album on Club44 Records. “

Jane Monheit has been acclaimed as one of the foremost jazz / pop singers of her generation by audiences and critics. The successful concert and recording artist studied voice at the Manhattan School of Music with Peter Eldridge, founding member of vocal group New York Voices, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s vocal competition in 1998. Sound debut album, Never Never Land (2000), starred jazz stars Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and Lewis Nash. The first of four recordings from N-Coded Music, the label founded by Dave Grusin, Larry Rosen and Phil Ramone, it was voted “Best First Recording” by the Jazz Journalists Association and remained on the Billboard charts for a year. Its follow-up, Come Dream with Me (2001), debuted at # 1 on the Billboard jazz charts. The 2003 Live at the Rainbow Room DVD / CD, documenting his performance in the iconic New York club with a symphony orchestra, was conducted by Alan Broadbent. Grammy nominee Taking a Chance on Love, his first swing label for Sony (2004), featured a duet with world superstar Michael Bublé. Other important recordings include: The Christmas themed Season (Sony, 2005); Surrender (Concord, 2007), with guests Ivan Lins, Sergio Mendes and Toots Thielemans; and The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me (Concord, 2009), which notably broadened its repertoire to include pop songs by Paul Simon, Fiona Apple and Corinne Bailey Rae. Her recording of “Over the Rainbow” was featured in the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Monheit has collaborated with jazz luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis, Christian McBride, John Pizzarelli and many others, also appearing on albums by Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, Freddy Cole, Mark O’Connor, Harold Mabern, David Benoit and Nicolas King of Club44. JaneMonheitOnline.com

LIST OF TRACKS “COME WHAT CAN”

1) I believe in you (Frank Loesser)

2) When a woman loves a man (Gordon Jenkins / Johnny Mercer / Bernie Hanighen)

3) Take a walk around the neighborhood (Harold Arlen / Ira Gershwin / EY Harburg)

4) Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)

5) Let’s face the music and the dance (Irving Berlin)

6) Samba Do Avião (Antônio Carlos Jobim)

7) Closeness to you (Hoagy Carmichael / Ned Washington)

8) On the Sunny Side of the Street (Jimmy McHugh / Dorothy Fields) / Get Happy (Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler)

9) The Man Who Got Away (Harold Arlen / Ira Gershwin)

10) My Funny Valentine’s Day (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart)


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