Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit (born November 3, 1977[1]) is an American jazz and pop vocalist.

Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit in Koerner Hall, Toronto, Ontario
Jane Monheit in Koerner Hall, Toronto, Ontario
Background information
Born (1977-11-03) November 3, 1977 (age 44)
Oakdale, New York, U.S.
GenresVocal jazz, pop standards, Brazilian
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Years active2000–present
LabelsN-Coded, EmArcy

Early lifeEdit

Monheit was born and raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island.[1] Her father played banjo and guitar.[2] Her mother sang and played music for her by singers who could also be her teachers, beginning with Ella Fitzgerald.[2] At an early age Monheit was drawn to jazz and Broadway musicals.[2]

She began singing professionally while attending Connetquot High School in Bohemia, New York.[1] She attended the Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts.[3] At the Manhattan School of Music she studied voice under Peter Eldridge; she graduated in 1999.[1]

She was runner-up to Teri Thornton in the 1998 vocal competition at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, in Washington, DC.[1]


When she was 22, she released her first album, Never Never Land (N-Coded, 2000).[2] Like Fitzgerald, she recorded many songs from the Great American Songbook.[2] After recording for five labels, she started her own, Emerald City Records.[2] Its first release was The Songbook Sessions (2016), an homage to Fitzgerald.[2][4]

Monheit's vocals were featured in the 2010 film Never Let Me Go for the titular song, written by Luther Dixon, and credited to the fictional Judy Bridgewater.[5]


As leaderEdit

Year Album Label
2000 Never Never Land N-Coded
2001 Come Dream with Me N-Coded
2002 In the Sun N-Coded
2003 Live at the Rainbow Room N-Coded
2004 Taking a Chance on Love Sony
2005 The Season Epic
2007 Surrender Concord
2008 The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me Concord
2010 Home EmArcy
2013 The Heart of the Matter EmArcy
2016 The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald Emerald City

As guestEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jane Monheit." Contemporary Musicians. Vol. 33. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2001. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2017-05-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Becker, Chris (24 July 2016). "Jane Monheit: Beyond Ella - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Our Alumni". Usdam Summer Camp for the Arts. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  4. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Jane Monheit | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  5. ^ Howell, Peter (31 December 1969). "Howell: The hunt for the elusive Judy Bridgewater". Toronto Star. Retrieved 16 May 2016.

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