Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit

Born: November 3, 1977
Age: 46
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Jane Monheit (born November 3, 1977) is an American jazz and pop vocalist. She has collaborated with artists such as John Pizzarelli, Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings.


Early life

Monheit was raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island. She began singing professionally while attending Connetquot High School in Bohemia, N.Y., from where she graduated in 1995. As a child, Monheit spent her summers as a student at the Usdan Center For the Creative and Performing Arts, and is a recipient of their distinguished alumna award. As a student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, she studied voice under Peter Eldridge. Monheit graduated with honors from the Manhattan School of Music in 1999, earning a BA in music and receiving the William H. Borden Award for outstanding accomplishment in Jazz. As a finalist in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute's vocal competition, she was first runner-up to Teri Thornton. She and her husband, drummer Rick Montalbano Jr., currently reside in New York. They have one child.


Monheit has released nine albums and two DVDs, and has appeared as a guest artist on many others. She appears on the soundtrack of the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow singing "Over the Rainbow". Monheit has also been a featured performer in the nationally televised Christmas at the White House, the Capitol Fourth of July Celebration, and The National Memorial Day Celebration. She has appeared on numerous television shows including Emeril, Ramsey Lewis' Legends of Jazz, Letterman, The View, and The Today Show. Monheit spends most of the year on tour with her band, which currently includes Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass, and Rick Montalbano on drums. She also performs with the major symphonic orchestras throughout the country.

In 2013, Monheit was a judge and mentor for the Songbook Academy, a summer intensive for high school students operated by the Great American Songbook Foundation and founded by Michael Feinstein.

In 2015, Monheit joined the judging panel for The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards and in doing so, helped to assist the careers of upcoming independent artists.


Studio albums

Year Cover Album
2000 Never Never Land
2001 Come Dream with Me
2002 In the Sun
2004 Taking a Chance on Love
2005 The Season
2007 Surrender
2009 The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me (released on 20 January 2009)
2010 Home
2013 The Heart of the Matter
2016 The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald


Year Cover Album
2003 Live at the Rainbow Room
2005 The Very Best of Jane Monheit

Guest artist

  • Let's Get Lost - Terence Blanchard
  • In Full Swing - Mark O'Connor
  • The Frank and Joe Show 331⁄3 - Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione
  • The Frank and Joe Show 662⁄3 - Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione
  • Wise Children - Tom Harrell
  • Standard Time - Steve Tyrell
  • Brazilian Nights
  • Session #55 - Les Brown & His Band of Renown - 1936-2001
  • New Music from an Old Friend - various artists
  • Friends and Family - Ray Brown, Jr.
  • Enter The Mowo - Adam Dorn
  • 2 Hands 10 Voices - Fred Hersch - a benefit album for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • Legends of Jazz Showcase with Ramsey Lewis
  • Radio Show - Tony DeSare
  • 2 in Love - David Benoit - 2015


  • 2003 - Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s); "Since You've Asked"
  • 2005 - Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s); "Dancing in the Dark"

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