With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgeraldthe first to be released on her own Emerald City Recordsthe Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Jane had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgeralds beloved songbook albums held Biblical importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.
On this new offering, Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself, guided by her producer, arranger, and trumpet great, Nicholas Payton. Once she decided to make the dream project a reality, she had no trouble choosing titles. She jotted down a list of 25 titles almost immediately. She and Payton each narrowed the choices to a dozen and settled on the final list together.
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