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Jane Monheit first attracted attention as the runnerup in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute Vocal Competition held in New York, but her musical sensibility seems better suited to Broadway show tunes than jazz standards.

In fact, the Long Island native has been compared to no less than Barbra Streisand for her tendency to wring every drop of emotion from a song without losing control of the melody or the phrasing — a coloratura cabaret singer with ear-bending technique.

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