Jane Monheit

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Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit in Koerner Hall.jpg
Jane Monheit in Koerner Hall, Toronto, Ontario
Background information
Born (1977-11-03) November 3, 1977 (age 42)
Oakdale, New York, U.S.
GenresVocal jazz, pop standards, Brazilian
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Years active2000–present
LabelsN-Coded, EmArcy

Jane Monheit (born November 3, 1977)[1] is an American jazz and pop vocalist. She has collaborated with John Pizzarelli, Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings.

Early life[edit]

Monheit was born and raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island.[1] Her father played banjo and guitar. Her mother sang and played music for her by singers who could also be her teachers, beginning with Ella Fitzgerald. At an early age she was drawn to jazz and Broadway musicals.[2]

She began singing professionally while attending Connetquot High School in Bohemia, New York,[1] from where she graduated in 1995. As a child, Monheit spent her summers as a student at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (now the Usdam Summer Camp for the Arts),[3] and is a recipient of their distinguished alumna award. At the Manhattan School of Music she studied voice under Peter Eldridge; she graduated in 1999,[1] earning a BA in music and receiving the William H. Borden Award for outstanding accomplishment in jazz.

She was runner-up to Teri Thornton in the 1998 vocal competition at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, in Washington, DC.[1]


When she was 22, she released her first album, Never Never Land (N-Coded, 2000). Like Ella Fitzgerald, she recorded many songs from the Great American Songbook. After recording for five labels, she started her own, Emerald City Records. Its first release was The Songbook Sessions (2016), an homage to Fitzgerald.[2][4]

She spends most of the year on tour with her band, which 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.

Monheit 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, Late Show with David Letterman, The View, and The Today Show.

Monheit's vocals were featured in the 2010 film Never Let Me Go for the titular song, written by Luther Dixon, and credited to the fictional Judy Bridgewater.[5]

In 2013, Monheit was a judge and mentor for the Songbook Academy, a summer intensive for high school students operated by the Great American Songbook Foundation and founded by Michael Feinstein. In 2015, Monheit joined the judging panel for The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards and in doing so, helped to assist the careers of upcoming independent artists.





Year Album Label
2000 Never Never Land N-Coded
2001 Come Dream with Me N-Coded
2002 In the Sun N-Coded
2003 Live at the Rainbow Room N-Coded
2004 Taking a Chance on Love Sony
2005 The Season Epic
2007 Surrender Concord
2008 The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me Concord
2010 Home EmArcy
2013 The Heart of the Matter EmArcy
2016 The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald Emerald City

As guest[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jane Monheit." Contemporary Musicians. Vol. 33. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2001. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2017-05-07.
  2. ^ a b Becker, Chris (24 July 2016). "Jane Monheit: Beyond Ella - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Our Alumni". Usdam Summer Camp for the Arts. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  4. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Jane Monheit | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  5. ^ Howell, Peter (31 December 1969). "Howell: The hunt for the elusive Judy Bridgewater". Toronto Star. Retrieved 16 May 2016.

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