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JPR Live Session: Jane Monheit

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The acclaimed jazz singer joined us from her home in Los Angeles to share songs from her new record called Come What May

Monheit was just 22 when she released her debut album Never Never Land. The singer had been highly touted out of college, finishing runner-up in the prestigious Thelonious Monk vocal jazz competition in 1998.

Over the ensuing nearly twenty years, Monheit has solidified her status as an impeccable interpreter of the Great American Songbook, combining her love for traditional straight-ahead jazz and the more cinematic songs from theatre and stage.

Now independently recording for Club44 Records, Monheit's latest effort (her 12th full-length) Come What May is another stellar collection.

She joined us to talk about the ups and downs of being a jazz singer in the United States in this crazy time, her love for Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland, and to offer up some advice for the next generation of jazz singers.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.