The Abby Whiteside Foundation Presents Jane Monheit and Michael Kanan at Weill Hall on April 22nd, 2008


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The Abby Whiteside Foundation presents “The 2008 Piano Recital Series" at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall featuring Vocalist Jane Monheit and pianist Michael Kanan on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 8:00 PM. This performance will include an opening set from long time Monheit pianist, Michael Kanan followed by a duo set of Michael Kanan and Jane Monheit together- In a rare acoustic setting, performing many classics from the American Songbook!

Jane Monheit - Vocals
Michael Kanan - Piano

The Abby Whiteside Foundation presents:
Vocalist Jane Monheit & Pianist Michael Kanan
Weill Hall @ Carnegie Hall
154 West 57th St.
New York City April 22nd, 2008 -8:00 PM
Admission $35 - $15 Students
For tickets call (212) 247 -7800

Michael Kanan Bio:

Michael Kanan hails from Boston, Massachusetts where he first began to play the piano at age 7. He started improvising at the keyboard early on, and by age 10 he was listening to jazz. His first instructor was pianist Harvey Diamond, a student of jazz innovator Lennie Tristano. During his years at Boston College, Michael had the opportunity to perform with several jazz greats including Tal Farlow, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, and Alan Dawson. After graduating college and doing some freelance work around Boston, he moved to New York in 1991 to study with another Tristano student, the pianist Sal Mosca. He established himself in New York, playing and recording with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, and Jorge Rossy, among others. He also developed a growing reputation as a vocal accompanist. In 1996, he joined the band of legendary singer Jimmy Scott, touring the US, Europe, and Japan and recording 4 CDs. In 2001, Michael became the accompanist and arranger for one of today's most celebrated vocalists, Jane Monheit. With Ms. Monheit's group, he has toured all over the world, recorded several CDs and DVDs, and made many TV appearances, including The David Letterman Show and The Conan O'Brien Show.When not on the road with the Monheit band, Michael performs and records with his own groups. He has made two trio recordings for Barcelona's Fresh Sound New Talent label: “Convergence" and “The Gentleman Is A Dope", both featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Tim Pleasant. He has also recorded a duet with his longtime collaborator, alto saxophonist Nat Su, entitled “Dreams And Reflections". He can be heard around New York with his trio featuring drummer Eliot Zigmund and bassist Lee Hudson.

Jane Monheit Bio:

It's hard to believe that a scant seven years have passed since a 22-year-old Long Islander named Jane Monheit - now renowned as one of the worlds most beloved and accomplished song stylists - signed her first recording contract, for Manhattan's relatively small but enthusiastically supportive N-Coded label.__Her debut album, Never Never Land, introduced the world to two indisputable facts. First, as the cover portrait demonstrated, Monheit is a stunning, raven-haired beauty. Second, as the ten standards that filled the impressive disc made immediately obvious, Monheit, with her crystalline voice and buttery phrasing, was (and remains) impossible to pigeonhole, simultaneously suggesting the smarts of a seasoned jazz artist and the cunning storytelling skills of the finest cabaret performers. Since then, two of her recordings have received Grammy nominations, she has known the sweet satisfaction of chart-topping success (several of her discs have debuted at number one), done her festive duty with a stunning Christmas album (The Season), and found herself moving to Sony for two albums, 2004's Taking a Chance on Love and the subsequent yuletide disc. Monheit's most recent album, Surrender, was released on Concord Records in April 2007.

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