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  • Jane Monheit (2004)
    Although she studied clarinet and music theory while at school, Long Island native Jane Monheit did not begin formal vocal training until her late teens at the Manhattan School of Music. Nonetheless, she was a quick enough learner to take second place in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Vocal competition at the age of only 20.

    Two years later, Jane's debut album ("Never Never Land", on which she was accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron,
    bassist Ron Carter, and saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman) was voted "Best Debut Recording" by the members of the Jazz Journalists Association.

    "Since You've Asked", from her second album "Come Dream with Me", was was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best
    Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. And the experience was repeated when "Dancing in the Dark" from her third album "Taking a Chance On Love", was nominated for a Grammy Award in the same category.

    Not bad for a young lady still in her 20s!
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington's Orchestra The Duke Ellington Songbook Drop Me Off in Harlem (Verve)
    # 2 Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman Dedicated to You (Impulse)
    # 3 João Gilberto João Gilberto I Really Samba (Verve)
    # 4 Carmen McRae and George Shearing Two for the Road My Gentleman Friend (Concord)
    # 5 Bill Evans Waltz for Debby Detour Ahead (Riverside)
    # 6 Sarah Vaughan Live in Japan Wave (Mainstream)
    # 7 Frank Sinatra Sinatra and Swingin' Brass I Get a Kick Out of You (Reprise)
    # 8 Ivan Lins A Cor Do Pôr-Do-Sol Emoldurada (Abril)
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