Wednesday evening, a six thirty dinner reservation and a front row table. A Grilled Oregon country beef NY Strip loin--grilled to perfection, black and blue-- with shallot butter, lovely French beans and the sweetest and skinniest of early carrots, stems on and yummy mashed potatoes ($30). A lovely Spanish wine to accompany my meal. The Pear Crumb with caramel sauce ($7) for dessert and a couple coffees.
Jane Monheit looked beautiful in her little black dress, patent leather stilettos and fishnet stockings. The band was fantastic and the voice of this woman, wow! She is so young too! But you too will forget she is only 26 years old if you close your eyes and just listen.
Though she might not be the most commanding presence on stage yet--at times she seemed a bit stiff playing with her hair and placing her hands on her hips too many times-- she can sing like nobody's business.
Over twelve songs from old and new recordings. From Cole Porter and Jobim, from Meet Me In St. Louis to Kiss Me Kate to a few holiday tunes--thrown in there for good measure-- to one of Monheit's signature songs, Judy's Over The Rainbow, for an encore.
Jane Monheit and her band will perform at the Jazz Alley until Sunday. The Friday and Saturday dinner and show reservations are already sold out but it would be worth your while to give them a call and inquire about a dinner and show reservation--or even cocktails-- for Sunday.
Voices like Jane's just don't happen very often and it is the perfect time of the year to hear her sing. Ohh, and the food is darned good too! And psst! Earth Kitt is returning to the Jazz Alley next year! Now if only Carol Channing would too! :-)