LIVE: Jane Monheit @ The Falcon, 10/11/15
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Billed as a preview for her upcoming week-long engagement at Birdland, jazz singer Jane Monheit and her piano trio took the stage at The Falcon in Marlboro, playing music from Ella Fitzgerald’s American Songbook series of albums from the ’50s and ’60s.
Certainly more casual than the Birdland performance, Monheit was extremely down to earth. She first appeared on stage with her eyeglasses on, saying that the music was so new to her that she had to read the lyrics.
In spite of the lack of practice, Jane and her trio did indeed swing. Her top-notch trio – Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass and Rick Montelban on drums – sailed through the Nicholas Payton arrangements. With her clear yet husky voice, she sang those old show tunes with gusto.
Her on-stage chatter was largely self-deprecating humor about the long time she has been singing (her first CD came out in 2000), how she’s grown into being able to sing these songs having now lived a life, having a child and been married to her drummer for 13 years.
Citing her good fortune, she said she still felt emotionally unqualified to sing “Ain’t Nothing But the Blues.”
At the end of the evening, though, no one was crying the blues.