By Matt Micucci
On Friday, Nov 13 at 7:30 pm, the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Justin DiCioccio, is featuring jazz singing great and MSM alumna Jane Monheit in Jane’s Way, a special concert celebrating the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth.
The legendary crooner was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Dec 12, 1915.
The swinging jazz tribute will take place in MSM Borden Auditorium, and showcase performances of original arrangements, many of which were by frequent Sinatra collaborator Nelson Riddle, made famous by Old Blue Eues, including “Night and Day”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, “The Best in Yet to Come” and many others.
Born on Nov 3, 1977, Jane Monheit is a Grammy nominated vocalist, who has collaborated with artists such as jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and Michael Bublé. Monheit graduated with honors from the Manhattan School of Music in 1999, earning a BA in music and receiving the William H. Borden Award for outstanding accomplishment in Jazz.
Her skills have been praised by many critics. Stephen Holden of the New York Times called her “and intensely emoional interpreter of standards,” while Times jazz critic Nate Chinen wrote that Monheit “made a career out of silver linings and their pursuit, applying the pristine sensuality of her voice to songs of cozy reverie.”
Kicking the evening off at 6:30 pm in MSM’s Greenfield Hall will be a very special pre-concert talk by best-selling Sinatra biographer James Kaplan, who will sign copies of his recently released second volume of his definitive Frank Sinatra: The Chairman.
The MSM Jazz Orchestra will be directed by Justin DiCioccio, internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time, will be directing the band. In January 2001, DiCioccio was inducted in the Jazz Education Hall of fame, and is currently Associate Dean of the Jazz Arts Program at the Manhattan School of Music.
The Manhattan School of Music Concert Jazz Band one of the MSM Jazz Arts Program’s top-tier big bands, performs two concerts a year in MSM’s Borden Auditorium; the ensemble also plays regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and other venues. It is dedicated to performing the classic big band arrangements of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tadd Dameron, and many others, as well as performing contemporary works and styles.