March 20, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Jane Monheit Quartet will perform on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg as part of the ongoing Janet Weis Cabaret Series.

Starting her career at the age of 20 and awarded with the first prize at Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute's vocal competition, Jane Monheit became an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs have made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds and garnered numerous accolades in the past decade.

An international artist, Monheit has performed at most of the major concert halls, cabarets and jazz venues around the globe. She has released seven albums and two DVDs, and has appeared as a guest artist on many others. She has collaborated with artists such as Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings.

She appears on the sound track of the movie "Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow" singing "Over the Rainbow." She also has been a featured performer in the nationally televised Christmas at the White House, the Capitol Fourth of July Celebration, and The National Memorial Day Celebration.

She has appeared on numerous television shows including Emeril, Ramsey Lewis' Legends of Jazz, Letterman, The View and The Today Show. Monheit spends most of the year on tour with her band which includes Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass, and Rick Montalbano on drums. She also performs with the major symphonic orchestras throughout the country.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by funding through the family of Janet C. Weis with additional support from PPL and the Lewisburg Hotel.

The Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series will end for the spring semester with a performance by the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre. A former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Gordon has been honored as the Jazz Journalists Association's Trombonist of the Year six times, including 2011, and as the Jazz Journalists Association's Critics' Choice award for best trombone.

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