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Jane Mondheit's  'Surrender' Showcases Brazilian Influence


With every new release, jazz vocalist Jane Monheit adds to her growing legion of fans. As VOA's Doug Levine tells us, her fan base is about to get even bigger with the release of her latest album, Surrender.

Not yet 30, Jane Monheit has already accomplished more in seven years than most jazz singers hope to accomplish in a lifetime.

Signing her first recording contract in 2000, Jane has been releasing one album a year, earned a Grammy nomination in 2002, and inspired Time magazine to write "Jane Monheit can't miss."

She's known for her stylish rendition of some of jazz's best-known standards, but it's her take on Brazilian music that defines her new album, Surrender.

Growing up on Long Island, New York, Jane was the consummate performer. She studied clarinet and music theory while singing and acting in local theater productions. At 17, she began formal vocal training at the Manhattan School Of Music, and three years later, took second place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Surrender marks Jane Monheit's debut on Concord Records. The album features classic ballads by Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, Stevie Wonder and Sergio Mendes, as well as Brazilian pieces composed by Ivan Lins and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

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