Jane Monheit Performance at the Purple Room Supper Club in Palm Springs
The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
** Friday, September 17, 2021
** Saturday, September 18, 2021
6:00 pm. – 10:00 pm.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL. There are no refunds or exchanges
Dinner at 6pm, Show at 8pm.
Jane Monheit was born on November 3, 1977. She was raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Islands South Shore. Her aunt and grandmother were professional singers. Her mother performed in musical theater and currently performs in local choirs, and her father plays banjo and guitar. His love of bluegrass, folk, and acoustic blues (Bonnie Raitt and Maura OConnell were among his favorites) shaped her musical sensibility. It all came down to storytelling, she says.
Blessed with a voice of phenomenal beauty (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of todays best and most important vocalist-musicians.
With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgeraldthe first to be released on her own Emerald City Recordsthe Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Jane had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgeralds beloved songbook albums held Biblical importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.
On this new offering, Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself, guided by her producer, arranger, and trumpet great, Nicholas Payton. Once she decided to make the dream project a reality, she had no trouble choosing titles. She jotted down a list of 25 titles almost immediately. She and Payton each narrowed the choices to a dozen and settled on the final list together.
We met in the middle in a lot of ways, Monheit says. It all came down to trust. I had no idea what to expect from Nicholas because we had never worked together, but it was evident from the start that he is a sensitive soul and his knowledge and understanding of history was beyond compare. I felt an instant trust in him I had never felt before with any other producer.
This record is really different, she adds. Its the first Ive made a recording without a label and so I was able to make all the decisions myself. Honestly, when I listened back to the takes, I heard a different singer than Ive heard beforea more mature one. It was a little scary because theres a certain raw quality to some of the vocals but we gave no thought to fixing them. These were the vocals of a 38-year-old woman with a lot of life experience. These tracks really express who I am.