Jane Monheit - Come What May Friday, May 13
Dinner at 6pm, Show at 8pm. All sales final.
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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.
Come What May, her first album in five years, highlights her fresh takes on firstrate
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 thats 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, Lets Take a Walk Around the Block. We would all like to visit the
magical places listed in the song, but we dont have any money right now so
lets just enjoy where we are. I believe everyone can relate to that idea!
Janes 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 were all grounded, it feels very strange. I miss
touring so much that I just cant explain. I literally dream of being back on the
On the flip side of the pandemic experience, the exuberant, feel-good medley of
On the Sunny Side of the Street and Get Happy is an opportunity to lift spirits.
People stuck at home need a little encouragement and cheer, Jane says, The
album has some sad, heavy tunes and I knew we needed to balance those with
some levity. That same notion inspired her lighthearted take on the musical
theater classic I Believe in You, which opens this collection on a brisk high note.
Other selections reflect Monheits adoration of the legendary vocalists that
preceded her. Ive 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 Judys glorious
drama with Ellas 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, thats another song Ive 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.
In fact, Come What May is all the more special considering the unique bond that
Jane shares with her musicians. Michael and I go back over two decades, she
continues. I love that man with all my heart, hes like my big brother. And then of
course our drummer is my husband Rick Montalbano. Were coming up on our
20th wedding anniversary! Its always a delight to work together, but this project
has a particular resonance. For the last few years we havent been able to tour
together since our son is in school, and Rick stays home with him. So one bright
spot of the pandemic is were in the same city so we can make music again
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.
I cant say enough amazing things about Club44, concludes Jane. Ive been
with many labels over the years indies, majors, Ive even made records for my
own imprint and Ive seen everything. And Ive never had an experience this
easy, this positive and this fun! Joel, Wayne and their team have gone out of their
way to help me bring my musical vision to life, and I treasure that freedom and
Label co-owner Joel Lindsey responds, When we first started the label, it was my
dream to sign Jane Monheit, so this new record of gorgeous standards really is
that dream come true. And the fact that it helps mark her 20th anniversary as a
recording artist is such an incredible bonus. The trademark lyricism of her voice,
the detail of her interpretations, the sheer joy of her creativity shines brightly here
in Come What May. Were so proud to have this album on Club44 Records.
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