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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Welcome to Straight No Chaser, the Award-winning Podcast hosted by Jeffrey Siegel

Aug 9, 2010

One of my favorite chantueses will be in my neck of the woods this week, and she comes with a new CD ready for release. Jane Monheit will be leading her group into the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton this Friday evening, and you can bet I'll be in line early for a great table.

Ms. Monheit has been one of our best interpreters of vocal jazz standards since she burst on the scene in the Thelonious Monk competition just over a decade ago. Now mature and reaching for the top of her vocal powers at the age of thirty, she, her husband, young son Jack and her band are readying a world tour for her latest CD, Home.

Home is the first CD she has self-produced, and when I spoke with her earlier this month, she was particularly proud of the final product, which hits the stores on September 21. It's classic Monheit, meaning its full of classic tunes arranged and presented in sometimes faithful, sometimes unique ways. As aspect that is particularly fun is that many of tunes are by great composers, but are lesser known songs from the canon. Can't wait to listen to it? Well, if you click here, you can listen to Podcast 190, which features an interview with Ms. Monheit, you'll get a sneak peek at two tracks from album, including:

Jane Monheit - "A Shine On Your Shoes" from Home. The core band - Michael Kanan (piano), Neal Miner (bass)and Rick Montalbano (drums) - shines as Ms. Monheit covers a tune associated with Fred Astaire, who she calls "one of her favorite singers".

Jane Monheit - "Everything I've Got Belongs to You" from Home. A less-known Rodgers & Hart tune, it's a paen to a long time marriage that Ms. Monheit carries out with her trademark flirtatiousness.

Jane Monheit - "A Case of You" from  Come Dream With Me. While she concentrates on standards from the Great American Songbook, she's not above interpreting a "Modern Standard" like David Gates' "If" or this Joni Mitchell tune. A great duet with Richard Bona, who lends a Jaco-ish vibe on fretless bass.

Jane Monheit - "Cheek to Cheek" from In the Sun.  A standout piano turn by Kanan, as a tempo change takes an Irving Berlin classic and turns it into something new and exciting.

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