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Sultry chanteuse to feature songs from her range of acclaimed CDs plus some Ella & Sinatra favorites

DAYTON OH  – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 09-10 National City SuperPops Series will continue with concerts featuring acclaimed jazz vocalist Jane Monheit on Friday and Saturday, November 20 & 21, 2009, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.  

Joining Monheit and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be her trio of top-notch jazz musicians: Michael Kanan, piano, Neal Miner, bass, and Rick Montalbano, drums. Patrick Reynolds, Assistant Conductor of the DPO, will conduct. This will be Ms. Monheit’s DPO Schuster Center debut.  

With a quickly expanding recorded catalog, Jane Monheit is still a relative newcomer to the jazz world. Coming onto the scene in 2000 with a dreamily innocent disc called Never Never Land, she may be the century’s first major interpreter of the classic song style. With her recent CD, The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me, she has layered a new dimension of sophistication over her sultry, honey-voiced style. As Time Magazine says: “Jane Monheit can’t miss. She has, in a word, everything.”

Tickets for the concerts range from $25 - $75 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at


About Jane Monheit
It is a lifelong musical journey from the dreamy innocence of Never Never Land to the world-weary delusion of Something Cool. Yet, Jane Monheit, now firmly established as one of the post-millennial jazz world’s foremost vocalists, has managed to make the trip in just eight years. In 2000, Monheit chose the sweet, escapist Peter Pan lullaby as the title tune for her debut album. Now, with The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me, her first release for Concord, she is plumbing the gin-soaked escapism of the heartrending tune made famous by June Christy in 1953.

The album’s maturity can, Monheit agrees, be linked to the fact that the past year has been a significant one for her, with the celebration of her 30th birthday and the birth of her and husband Rick Montalbano’s first child, a son named Jack. “Because I’m a little older,” she explains, “I did something different with this record. In the past, I always chose tunes that were very truthful to me and would be believable coming from a woman of my age. But for this album, I decided to step out and play a few characters and sing some lyrics that aren’t necessarily from my own life experience, but that I’m now mature enough to understand.”

The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me carries a dual dedication: to infant Jack and to the late Joel Dorn, who produced Monheit’s first three albums. “There are so many things on this record that Joel would have loved,” she muses, “and I included ‘The Ballad of the Sad Young Men’ for him because he had a famous version of it with Roberta Flack. I learned so much about making records from him. We were very, very close. I saw him one last time before he died, and we talked about a new project we wanted to do together. I literally found out about his death while standing outside the hospital waiting to go in for an ultrasound and hear my baby’s heartbeat for the first time. I was on the table crying out of sadness for Joel’s loss and for hearing the beat of my son’s heart. It was a very surreal experience. So, it just seemed right to dedicate the album to both of them.”

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

Performance Place at the Schuster Center~109 North Main Street, Suite 200~Dayton, Ohio 45402

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