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3 November 1977, Long Island, New York, USA. Singing from very early childhood, Monheit avers that no other career entered her mind. Surrounded at home by musically minded relatives, she sang as a semi-professional while still attending high school, then from the age of 17 was educated formally at the Manhattan School of Music. Acknowledging the influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Monheit quickly developed a distinctive and improbably mature style. In her senior year, 1998, she entered the Thelonious Monk Institutes Jazz Vocal Competition in Washington, DC. She won second prize (this was the year that, thanks to the abandonment of the age restriction, veteran Teri Thornton won), and thereafter began attracting much attention. In part, this was owing to a tour with T.S. Monk.
Although regularly supported by pianist David Berkman, Monheits 2000 recording debut Never Never Land found her backed by a major league rhythm section: Kenny...