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Jane Monheit

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Don’t miss Jane Monheit’s return to Birdland on February 21-25 with two sets each evening!

Come What May, her first album in five years, highlights her fresh takes on first-rate standards, with deft interpretations honed after years on the road. “There is a certain comfortability that comes from performing a song night after night to audiences around the world,” she says. “So by the time we finally got into the studio to make this record, I had the luxury of the arrangements being perfectly familiar, rehearsed, and polished. Putting together this project was a smooth, relaxed process and I think that’s reflected in the final product.”

Monheit has achieved two goals in both making an album that sounds timeless, yet still addressing the current moment. “So much of Come What May is really a way for me to cope with the pandemic in my own personal way,” she explains. “For example, ‘Let’s Take a Walk Around the Block.’ We would all like 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 believe everyone can relate to that idea!”

Jane’s lifelong love affair with Brazilian music comes alive with another song about travel, the Antônio Carlos Jobim standard “Samba Do Avião,” also known as “Song of the Jet.” “Musicians are accustomed to traveling the world non-stop,” she comments, “and now that we’re all grounded, it feels very strange. I miss touring so much that I just can’t explain. I literally dream of being back on the road!”

Other selections reflect Monheit’s adoration of the legendary vocalists that preceded her. “I’ve worshipped Judy Garland my entire life, but the first version of ‘The Man That Got Away’ I ever heard was from Ella Fitzgerald. Her interpretation is so matter-of-fact. In my version, I tried to balance Judy’s glorious drama with Ella’s subtlety. This track is an homage to both my heroes.” She credits both Ella and Billie Holiday for introducing her to the lesser-known “When a Woman Loves a Man.” Jane recalls, “that’s another song I’ve adored since I was a tiny kid. I particularly love our recording since it has such a sophisticated and intelligent chart by our musical director Michael Kanan. I think you can tell just by listening how much we enjoy playing together.”

Jane adds, “I am thrilled at the wonderful contributions of our west-coast bass player David Robaire, Kevin Winard on percussion, and Miles Okazaki on guitar, and I love that we could add some beautiful strings, one of those magical additions to give the record that extra sparkle. What I set out to do is take songs that have been done really often – ‘My Funny Valentine,’ ‘Lush Life,’ ‘The Nearness of You’ – and present them directly, sincerely, and truthfully. If you can strip them of any pretention, people remember how compelling a simple standard can be.”


February 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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