SUMMIT, NJ - Internationally-recognized jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will appear in a special duo performance with pianist Michael Kanan at The Unitarian Church in Summit Nov. 17. The Afternoon Music concert begins at 4 p.m., with the church located at 4 Waldron Ave.
Monheit’s Summit concert will come two days after her appearance in the opening-night gala of the London Jazz Festival, and a few days before a week-long run at the Blue Note in New York City. The audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception after the recital.
Jane Monheit has performed at most of the major concert halls and jazz venues around the world, and has 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.
A native of Oakdale, Long Island, she is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, and was a finalist in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute’s vocal competition. She has released 11 studio albums and two DVDs and has been nominated twice for a Grammy.
“This supremely gifted singer is capable of tremendous vocal flights, dips, turns and extensions, but she doesn’t grandstand or hold a note simply to show off,” wrote Downbeat Magazine’s Bobby Reed of her 2013 album The Heart of the Matter. “Her goal is to convey a story, and she does so with grace.”
Monheit spends most of the year on tour with her band, which includes Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass, and her husband Rick Montalbano on drums. Kanan, who also does arrangements for Monheit, has toured the world with her band for the last 11 years and has performed on several of her albums and DVDs.
Afternoon Music’s 2013-2014 season will continue on Jan. 26 with WindSync, a Houston-based wind quintet, which won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition. On April 13, violinist Eric Wyrick, concertmaster of the New
Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will join pianist Mitchell Vines in a program of violin and piano masterpieces. Mitchell Vines is artistic director of Afternoon Music and music director at The Unitarian Church in Summit.
Tickets to performances are $25 ($20 for seniors). Season subscriptions are $65 ($50 for seniors). Students attend free. To purchase tickets in advance, please send a check, made out to afternoon music, to the church at 4 Waldron Ave., Summit, NJ 07901. Tickets will be mailed or, if too late to mail, will be held at the door.
For further information or directions, call the church at (908) 273-3245, or visit the church’s website ucsummit.org.