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Jane Monheit - Interview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Jane Monheit, Jazz Vocalist Sultry Jazz Vocalist Jane Monheit takes time out from touring to speak with Luxury Experience about her latest 12-track album, Home, released on the Concord Records label. Aptly named Home, the jazz standard album has a comfortable, cozy, feel to it, like sharing an evening with a dear friend.

 

LE

Jane Monheit, Jazz VocalistJane, thank you for taking time to speak with Luxury Experience about your latest album, entitled "Home." 

What was your inspiration for Home, featuring such memorable jazz standards as A Shine On Your Shoes (Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, 1932); There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, 1936); This is Always (Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, 1946); Tonight You Belong to Me (Billy Rose and Lee David, 1926); Look For The Silver Lining (Jerome Kern and B.G. DeSylva, 1919); I'll Be Around (Alec Wilder, 1942); Everything I've Got Belongs To You (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, 1942); The Eagle and Me (Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, 1944); I Didn't Know About You/All Too Soon (Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, Bob Russell, 1944), Isn't It A Lovely Day (Irving Berlin, 1935 for the Fred Astaire film, Top Hat); While We Were Young (Alec Wilder, William Engvick, Morty Palitz, 1943); and the only non-standard, It's Only Smoke (Larry Goldings and Cliff Goldmacher)? 

 

JANE


After making nine "fancy schmancy" records, which were great, with big string orchestras, I wanted to do something different and make a more realistic album with just my band. Since we cannot produce that big orchestra sound during live performances at every gig, I wanted to do something more reflective of what we do, and who we are. Not every album has to be a fantasy album; Home is the real thing, it is about the people I work with well, my own band and a few other people that I have known for a long time. 
 

 

LE

Your talented band includes Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass, and your husband, Rick Montalbano on drums. How is it working with your husband?

 

JANE


Everyone always wants me to say that it is hard, but we love working together. It is great because we do work and travel together. Even our 2-year old son, Jack, travels with us when we go on the road. 
 

 

LE


You grew up on Long Island and now live in Upstate New York. For a couple that frequently plays in New York City, as well as internationally, what made you select to live Upstate New York? 
 

 

JANE


What attracted us is that my husband Rick's family lives in Upstate New York. We live in a great house on a lake, and keep an apartment in New York City. We wanted to raise Jack with the best of worlds, freedom, as well as culture. 
 

 

LE


You sing, play the piano, and the trumpet, and Rick plays the drums, do you perhaps have another future musician in your house? 
 

 

JANE


Jack does have his own drum set, and we play music together every day, so who knows.  
 

 

LE


Jane, you have been singing since you were a child. At what age did you know that you wanted to be a professional singer?  
 

 

JANE

Honestly, I have no idea, as I cannot remember a time when I did not want to be a singer. I have always been a singer; it has defined me my entire life. All of my friends know me as a singer.  

Singing is highly personal, you leave a part of yourself each time you perform, and give of yourself. I want music to help people process emotions, to lose the numbness of everything. I love to make audiences laugh and cry, and feel that a good show has that catharsis of both.   

 

LE


You have been on television, and you have sung on movie soundtracks, what is next?  
 

 

JANE


For now, performing and going on tour to promote my album. Someday, I would love to do musical theatre, and be in a Broadway revival of Carousel and play Cousin Nettie. 
 

 

LE


Congratulations on your new album, Home.  Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to chat with Luxury Experience, and good luck on your European and United States tour.
 

Read the album review of Jane Monheit - Home in the Music Scene section.

Websites where you can procure Jane Monheit - Home: www.ConcordMusicGroup.com, www.Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com, www.CDUniverse.com, and www.BestBuy.com.   

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