By Ron Forman, Cabaret Scenes
Is Jane Monheit a jazz singer or is she a cabaret singer? She meshed both identities together marvelously in her latest show at Birdland. Monheit brought a unique interpretation to every song, making each selection from the Great American Songbook feel new and delightfully different. She is a true jazz singer, and one who also possesses a great sounding voice and phrasing unlike any other vocalist. However, in this show, the songs were performed in the intimate, softly romantic manner of a great cabaret performer. Her quartet is made up of four wonderful musicians: Michael Kannan (piano), Perry Fisher (guitar), Neil Miner (bass), and Aaron Weinstein violin) .Weinstein’s violin accompaniment as well as his solos were especially notable in creating the mood. Monheit moves gracefully across the stage for each number and her facial expressions compel you to keep your eyes on her. Her patter is limited but often amusing, Full review here.