Jane Monheit Wows Wilson Center Crowd
Monheit easily moved through the opener, George Gershwin’s “I Was Doing Alright,” and on to contemporary songs such as Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Like a Star,” filling the tune with a lush, expressive quality repeated throughout the evening. Irving Berlin featured prominently, from the introspective “It’s a Lovely Day Today” to the up-tempo “Cheek to Cheek,” and Monheit’s favorite composer, Brazil’s Ivan Lins, was treated with an almost reverential vibe with the gorgeous ballad “No Tomorrow.”
There is a synergy between Monheit’s singing and the triumvirate of her longtime pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Neal Miner and drummer (and husband) Rick Montalbano. The trio creates an intricate sound that seamlessly supports Monheit’s vocals.
Given all the times that audiences have heard “Over the Rainbow,” who’d have thought this timeless classic could reach greater heights with such fragility and heartfelt emotion? Monheit mined it for all it was worth—much to the audience’s delight.